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[uhp-hohl-stuh-ree, -stree, uh-pohl-]
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noun, plural up·hol·ster·ies.
  1. the materials used to cushion and cover furniture.
  2. the business of an upholsterer.
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Origin of upholstery

First recorded in 1640–50; upholster(er) + -y3
Related formsre·up·hol·ster·y, noun, plural re·up·hol·ster·ies.
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noun plural -steries
  1. the padding, covering, etc, of a piece of furniture
  2. the business, work, or craft of upholstering
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Word Origin and History for upholstery


"upholsterer's work," 1640s; see upholster + -ery.

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