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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College football’s tapestry is enriched when Ohio State and Oklahoma meet in Norman and Columbus. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Texas vs. Alabama worthy of celebration, especially if it starts a trend," 16 May 2018 These are lovely tapestries made in the countryside. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Red Nose Day fights child poverty," 2 May 2018 Although the entire musical arena, both orchestral and vocal, is entrusted to the music director, in this world music is just one key strand in an elaborate artistic tapestry that includes stage direction, theatrical design, dance and much more. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Opera, Symphony seek conductors who can carry musical vision into future," 14 Jan. 2018 Lining the basilica’s black marble nave are eight huge tapestries, each one depicting a scene from the Bible. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 The peril is that this form of divisive politics will seep deeper into the tapestry of the illiberal anti-immigrant pan-European movement. Amro Ali, Time, "Denmark’s “Ghetto” Policies Are an Ominous Sign That Liberal Europe Is Starting to Unravel at the Seams," 3 July 2018 But the Chinese giants are taking a different tack, buying stakes in local firms and weaving them together into complex tapestries of services. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 The well-boned, 15th-century manor house seemed likely to be engulfed by the untamed Technicolor tapestry of a garden. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 An exhibit of more than 30 Egyptian tapestries runs through Saturday in the Ecke Building at the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Few days left to see Egyptian tapestries," 28 Mar. 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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