tap·​es·​try | \ ˈta-pə-strē How to pronounce tapestry (audio) \
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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There are a lot of threads in this tapestry, and they are artfully woven to present a picture that strikes us all too possible. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Years and Years’ takes a disturbing look into the near future," 21 June 2019 My last two photography books, Face to Face, Portraits of the Human Spirit and Human Tribe, are a montage of global portraits that celebrate our visual human tapestry. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 12 June 2019 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant Max Harris testifies: ‘There weren’t hard and fast rules’," 17 June 2019 Visitors can explore the collection of fine art, tapestries, grand rooms and views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills beyond. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 The Ghost Ship, a rabbit warren of artists’ living quarters that housed some two dozen people, was crammed with old pianos, tapestries, wooden pallets and motor homes parked on the ground floor, witnesses said. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Ghost Ship trial: A weary dad sits in court every day, missing his daughter," 11 June 2019 Burle Marx’s paintings, drawings, and tapestries—several key examples of which are being shown in the NYBG’s art gallery— are well worth seeing, but his work is impossible to understand without a living, growing experience. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The exuberant career of the Brazilian designer Roberto Burle Marx brings the oft-overlooked field of landscape architecture to the foreground," 11 June 2019 The Gothic style fell out of favor in the Renaissance, and tapestries were installed to cover the church’s internal pillars and walls. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Learning allows me to see myself as part of the tapestry of earth and time, rather than someone stuck in a present that's all too often dumbfoundingly horrifying. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 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 How to pronounce tapestry (audio) \
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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