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>
Origin and Etymology 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
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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