- 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 *tril&imacron;cius, from Latin tril&imacron;x, tril&imacron;c-, woven with three threads : tri-, tri- + l&imacron;cium, thread.
(third-person singular simple present trellises, present participle trellising, simple past and past participle trellised)