noun tap·es·try \ˈta-pə-strē\

: a heavy cloth that has designs or pictures woven into it and that is used for wall hangings, curtains, etc.

: something made up of different things, people, colors, etc.

plural tap·es·tries

Full Definition of TAPESTRY

a :  a heavy handwoven reversible textile used for hangings, curtains, and upholstery and characterized by complicated pictorial designs
b :  a nonreversible imitation of tapestry used chiefly for upholstery
c :  embroidery on canvas resembling woven tapestry <needlepoint tapestry>
:  something resembling tapestry (as in complexity or richness of design) <nature's rich tapestry>

Origin of TAPESTRY

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French tapicerie, from tapit, tapis carpet, hanging, from GK tapētion, diminutive of tapēt-, tapēs carpet
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile


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