tap·​es·​try ˈta-pə-strē How to pronounce tapestry (audio)
plural tapestries
: a heavy handwoven reversible textile used for hangings, curtains, and upholstery and characterized by complicated pictorial designs
: a nonreversible imitation of tapestry used chiefly for upholstery
: embroidery on canvas resembling woven tapestry
needlepoint tapestry
: something resembling tapestry (as in complexity or richness of design)
nature's rich tapestry

Examples of tapestry in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, modification of Anglo-French tapicerie, from tapit, tapis carpet, hanging, from Greek tapētion, diminutive of tapēt-, tapēs carpet

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of tapestry was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tapestry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapestry. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


tap·​es·​try ˈtap-ə-strē How to pronounce tapestry (audio)
plural tapestries
: a heavy cloth that has designs or pictures woven into it and is used especially as a wall hanging
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