Definition of tapestry
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 : something resembling tapestry (as in complexity or richness of design) nature's rich tapestry
Recent Examples of tapestry from the Web
Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.
If period dramas concerned with the lives of kings and presidents and aristocrats show us the tapestry of historical narrative, then Harlots shows us its knotty reverse-side.
The 7-piece offering, which launches on May 30 in all North American Urban Outfitters, includes one long-sleeve tee, three short-sleeve graphic tees, a tapestry, and two baseball hats.
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The tapestry is one of two that are included in the auction, according to Strimple.
His work helps clarify the tapestry-like nature of its neighbor, a taut new painting by Rosy Keyser.
A tapestry on display at the American Museum of Natural History last year took more than a million spiders to produce.
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Origin and Etymology of tapestry
Middle English, modification of Anglo-French tapicerie, from tapit, tapis carpet, hanging, from Greek tapētion, diminutive of tapēt-, tapēs carpet
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
TAPESTRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tapestry for English Language Learners
: 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.
TAPESTRY Defined for Kids
Definition of tapestry for Students
: a heavy cloth that has designs or pictures woven into it and is used especially as a wall hanging
tapestried\-strēd\ adjective a tapestried wall
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