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tapestry

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noun tap·es·try \ˈta-pə-strē\

Simple Definition of tapestry

  • : 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.

Full Definition of tapestry

plural tap·es·tries

  1. 1a :  a heavy handwoven reversible textile used for hangings, curtains, and upholstery and characterized by complicated pictorial designsb :  a nonreversible imitation of tapestry used chiefly for upholsteryc :  embroidery on canvas resembling woven tapestry <needlepoint tapestry>

  2. 2 :  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

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