Carpets for sale in an outdoor market.
carpet definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French carpite, carpet, kind of cloth ; from Midieval Latin carpita, thick woolen cloth ; from past participle of Classical Latin carpere, to card, pluck: see excerpt
carpet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A thick heavy covering for a floor, usually made of woven wool or synthetic fibers; a rug.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.
Origin: Middle 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.
carpet - Phrases/Idioms
on the carpet
- under consideration
- before someone in authority, in order to be reprimanded
on the carpet
- In a position of being reprimanded by one in authority: was called on the carpet for cheating.
- Under discussion or consideration: Several important matters will be on the carpet at today's meeting.