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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from carpire 'to pull out'

carpet

1 noun
     
Related topics: Household
car‧pet1 S3 W3
1 [uncountable and countable]DH heavy woven material for covering floors or stairs, or a piece of this material [↪ carpeting, rug]:
My bedroom carpet is green.
All the rooms had fitted carpets (=carpets cut to fit the shape of the rooms).
2

a carpet of something

literary a thick layer of something on the ground:
a carpet of flowers
3

be/get called on the carpet

American English informal to be criticized by someone in authority because you have done something wrong:
He was called on the carpet by his boss to explain his excessive spending.
magic carpet

; ➔ sweep/brush something under the carpet

at sweep1 (15)

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