- 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 carp&imacron;ta, 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”).