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
Each of her books is a dense tapestry woven from encounters with those caught up in epoch-making events, from the second world war to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
Macy uses natural materials for weavings and dip-dye tapestries, which range from $75 to about $600.
Half a century of struggle for trans rights in the U.S. is only one thread of a larger global tapestry.
Rugs covered the shop’s floors and walls in a lush tapestry of reds.
The DHCC has also partnered with the Thankful Generations project to bring oral history, veterans and art together for a unique display of two beaded tapestry portraits honoring two Parker County World War II veterans.
Yan won best of show at last year's festival and his tapestry of flowers resembling dandelion fluff was featured on the poster for the 2017 show.
After the initial rush of fear, there was time on the way down to fall in love all over again with Paris: its stunning tapestry of gray roofs and landmarks simply magnificent under the blue skies and gray-white clouds.
From Cornas in the south to Cote-Rotie in the north, the northern Rhone reds are a tapestry of silky deliciousness.
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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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