- 1 [uncountable] a thick woven material made of wool, etc. for covering floors or stairs a roll of carpet See related entries: Furniture
- 2 [countable] a piece of carpet used as a floor covering, especially when shaped to fit a room to lay a carpet a bedroom carpet (British English) We have fitted carpets (= carpets from wall to wall) in our house. see also carpeting, red carpet, rug
- 3[countable] carpet (of something) (literary) a thick layer of something on the ground a carpet of snow Word Origin Middle English (denoting a thick fabric used as a cover for a table or bed): from Old French carpite or medieval Latin carpita, from obsolete Italian carpita
to try to stop people from finding out about something wrong, illegal, embarrassing, etc. that has happened or that you have done An earlier report, implicating the government, had been conveniently swept under the carpet.