Definition of Axminster in English:


(also Axminster carpet)


  • A kind of machine-woven patterned carpet with a cut pile.

    • ‘But this time I'm really worried; I'm not going to get upset about the blood on the Axminster when the rain's still pouring down and the cat isn't back yet.’
    • ‘Which kind of puts into perspective his spilling paint over the new Axminster carpet on his previous visit.’
    • ‘And you know what curried egg does to a burgundy Axminster.’
    • ‘It has been making carpets, including Axminster, for nearly 100 years.’
    • ‘Never mind the threat of cholera and typhoid, Mrs Jones at number 47 has had to replace her Axminster!’


Early 19th century: named after the town of Axminster in southern England, noted since the 18th century for the production of carpets.