To fit out (furniture, etc.) with covering material, padding, springs, etc.
Webster's New World
Origin of Upholster
Back-formation from upholsterer (“tradesman who finishes furniture"), from Middle English upholdester, from upholder (“dealer in small goods"), from upholden (“to repair, uphold"); see also uphold.
Back-formation from upholsterer
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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