tapestry

noun tap·es·try \ ˈta-pə-strē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tapestry

plural tapestries
1 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
2 :something resembling tapestry (as in complexity or richness of design)
  • nature's rich tapestry

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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

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TAPESTRY Defined for English Language Learners

tapestry

noun

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

tapestry

noun tap·es·try \ ˈta-pə-strē \

Definition of tapestry for Students

plural tapestries
: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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