tap·​es·​try | \ˈta-pə-strē \
plural tapestries

Definition of tapestry 

1a : 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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Yet in two big ways the Bayeux tapestry is an odd symbol for Britain’s post-Brexit future. The Economist, "The Bayeux tapestry is an intriguing symbol of post-Brexit co-operation," 17 Jan. 2018 The rich tapestry of the race and its traditions will be celebrated from Friday to Sunday at the Le Mans Classic, which takes place every two years at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the track that hosts the 24-hour race. Luke Smith, New York Times, "Maintaining the Traditions of Le Mans," 4 July 2018 Investigators never determined the cause of the fire, but said the space was crammed with highly flammable material, including tapestries on the walls and a makeshift stairway made of wooden pallets. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant’s lawyer says plea deal may happen Friday," 29 June 2018 Investigators have not determined a cause for the fire but said the warehouse was full of highly flammable materials, including tapestries on the walls and a makeshift stairway made of wooden pallets. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ghost Ship fire trial on schedule for July after defendants refuse plea offer," 14 June 2018 So amazing to see the act of love against our beautiful tapestry of nature! Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Giant gators surround couple during 'snappy' proposal at Florida theme park," 7 June 2018 Windsor Court also boasts a museum-quality collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings valued at more than $8 million by more than 60 artists. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Windsor Court," 7 June 2018 So does the look of the show, a rich tapestry of pigments, textures and techniques. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "'Aladdin's' finery a work of magic, beadery and bling (preview)," 29 Apr. 2018 Having once lived on a farm, Oscar was now surrounded by silk tapestries and Baccarat crystal. Rebecca Dalzell, Smithsonian, "What Made Oscar Tschirky the King of Gilded Age New York," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tapestry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners 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.


tap·​es·​try | \ˈta-pə-strē \
plural tapestries

Kids Definition of tapestry

: a heavy cloth that has designs or pictures woven into it and is used especially as a wall hanging

Other Words from tapestry

tapestried \ -​strēd \ adjective a tapestried wall

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