- a thick, heavy fabric of wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers for covering a floor, stairs, etc.: it is woven, usually with a pile, or felted
- a strip, or several joined strips, of such fabric
- anything like a carpet: a carpet of snow
Origin of carpetMiddle English ; from Old French carpite, carpet, kind of cloth ; from Medieval Latin carpita, thick woolen cloth ; from past participle of Classical Latin carpere, to card, pluck: see excerpt
on the carpet
- under consideration
- before someone in authority, in order to be reprimanded
- a. A thick heavy covering for a floor, usually made of woven wool or synthetic fibers, especially one covering the entire surface of the floor.b. The fabric used for this floor covering.
- A surface or surface covering that is similar to a rug: a carpet of leaves and pine needles on the forest floor.
transitive verbcar·pet·ed, car·pet·ing, car·pets
Origin of carpetMiddle English, from Old French carpite, from Medieval Latin carpīta, from Old Italian carpita, from carpire, to pluck, from Latin carpere; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.
(plural carpets) (uncountable and countable)
- Rug and carpet are not ordinarily strictly synonymous. A rug covers part of the floor; a carpet covers most or all of the floor; a fitted carpet runs wall-to-wall.
(third-person singular simple present carpets, present participle carpeting, simple past and past participle carpeted)
- To lay carpet, or to have carpet installed, in an area.
- After the fire, they carpeted over the blackened hardwood flooring.
- The builders were carpeting in the living room when Zadie inspected her new house.
- To substantially cover something, like a carpet; to blanket something.
- Popcorn and candy wrappers carpeted the floor of the cinema.
- (UK) To reprimand.
From Old French carpite, from Medieval Latin carpita, the past participle of carpere (“to pluck”).