Definition of carpet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a thick woven material made of wool, etc. for covering floors or stairs a roll of carpet See related entries: Furniture
  2. 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. 3[countable] carpet (of something) (literary) a thick layer of something on the ground a carpet of snow
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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 ‘woollen counterpane’, based on Latin carpere ‘pluck, pull to pieces’.Extra examples I’m having the carpets fitted today. The cat curled up on the carpet. The grey vinyl floor gave way to carpet tiles. The leaves formed a carpet under the trees. They rolled out the red carpet for the visitors. a deep carpet of snowIdioms
    (be/get called) on the carpet
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    (informal, especially North American English) called to see somebody in authority because you have done something wrong I got called on the carpet for being late.
    sweep something under the carpet (also US English sweep something under the rug)
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    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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carpet