- a structure of thin strips, esp. of wood, crossing each other in an open pattern of squares, diamonds, etc., on which vines or other creeping plants are trained; lattice
- a bower, archway, etc. of this
Origin of trellisMiddle English trelis from Old French treliz from Vulgar Latin an unverified form trilicius, coarse cloth from Classical Latin trilix, triple-twilled (see drill): influenced, influence by Old French treille, arbor: see treillage
- to furnish with, or train on, a trellis
- to cross or interweave like a trellis
- A structure of open latticework, especially one used as a support for vines and other climbing plants.
- An arbor or arch made of latticework.
transitive verbtrel·lised, trel·lis·ing, trel·lis·es
- To provide (an area) with a trellis.
- To cause or allow (a vine, for example) to grow on a trellis.
Origin of trellisMiddle English trelis from Old French from Vulgar Latin trilīcius from Latin trilīx trilīc- woven with three threads tri- tri- līcium thread
(third-person singular simple present trellises, present participle trellising, simple past and past participle trellised)