A carpet of leaves and pine needles on the forest floor.
Carpet the stairs; snow that carpeted the sidewalks.
A carpet of snow.
- In a position of being reprimanded by one in authority:Was called on the carpet for cheating.
- Under discussion or consideration:Important matters will be on the carpet at today's meeting.
- under consideration
- before someone in authority, in order to be reprimanded
Origin of carpet
- Middle English from Old French carpite from Medieval Latin carpīta from Old Italian carpita from carpire to pluck from Latin carpere kerp- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French carpite, from Medieval Latin carpita, the past participle of carpere (“to pluck”).