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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Together, the collection of twinkle lights strung from the dorm’s celling, the assortment of artwork on the walls (everything from woven tapestries to various vinyl records), and warm vintage hues work jointly to make this room one stunning space. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mississippi College Dorm Decor," 11 Sep. 2018 Alongside the wall paintings, statues, and magnificent stained glass within the structure, its Diocesan Museum has all kinds of artistic trinkets, from woodcarvings to epic tapestries. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 Garish signs gleamed from every building, one over the other in tapestries of contrasting calligraphy. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 The final result was a beautiful tapestry of nature scenes with a little added sentimentality for Hayek Pinault. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Can You Spot the Portraits of Salma Hayek Pinault’s Pets on Her Met Gala Dress?," 8 May 2018 These men pile on ornate scarves that call to mind Renaissance tapestries, the occasional cane or professorial pipe, and belching pocket squares. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 But the tapestry is also, clearly, a place threaded by time and by the lives of its creators. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Fertilize your creative spirit with these gardening books," 8 June 2018 But there’s also a rich tapestry of stories in the comics, stories that are every bit as good or even better as the ones onscreen today, that Marvel hasn’t delved into yet. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.," 11 Dec. 2018 Moreover, his account of the modes and genres of the music displays a dense tapestry of threads: Arab, Albanian, Byzantine, Turkish, Italian. Evan Eisenberg, WSJ, "‘Lament From Epirus’ Review: Ode on a Grecian Yearn," 24 May 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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