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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After lunch, Piccioli pops into his offices, one of which was Valentino’s former aerie (the flowery Traviata tapestries now replaced by photographs of David Bowie and Serge Gainsbourg). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 Silk tufted fabric and ornate detailing make for a pretty specific design aesthetic—bring on the brocade tapestries? Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Is This Design Worth Saving?," 23 Apr. 2014 Here’s how the game developer describes it: Until now, the myths, mysteries, and machinations of the Destiny universe were found hidden throughout the worlds – enticing threads that hinted at a greater tapestry. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Destiny’s excellent lore is being collected into a physical anthology book series," 27 July 2018 Fortified mountain villages such as this one are a quintessential thread in the tapestry of Abruzzo’s rich cultural history. Daria Di Lello, Vogue, "Finding Serenity—and Forest-Grown Truffles—in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Italy," 23 Nov. 2018 Two tapestries hang from the store’s ceiling like a small, summery getaway, made of ripped nylon, shimmery organza, and gold lamé. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Check Out a Summery Italian Runway Set in New York," 8 Mar. 2018 Grill 23 & Bar Wood-paneled everything, tapestries hung from the walls, a gleaming black marble bar, and leather banquettes—every inch of this place is classic steakhouse at its best. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 This includes human tissues like skin and hair, clothing and tapestries, wooden artifacts, and the remains of plants and animals associated with the burial. Julia Kate Clark, Smithsonian, "As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifacts," 11 Apr. 2018 Many hotels use suede, velvet, tapestry or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "10 Important Things To Consider When You're Buying Curtains," 27 Jan. 2017

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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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