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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Examples of tapestry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, a Roma artist who has filled the Polish pavilion with an enveloping 12-part tapestry whose imagery of Romani migration and everyday life coheres through countless scraps of stitched toile, paisley, lace and sackcloth. Jason Farago, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Think ultra-wearable caftans cut from Loro Piana cashmere, linen pillows embroidered with a 19th century Aubusson tapestry, and quietly elegant leather slippers, which come with an unexpected tactile thrill: an interior shearling lining. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 Pachinko overlaps and intersects such images, creating a tapestry of memories. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 16 Mar. 2022 Tackling the topic of Indian food is akin to teasing a thread out of a complicated tapestry. Misbaah Mansuri, Chron, 25 Mar. 2022 Our history is a tapestry of beauty, culture, power, community, resilience, & strength. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2022 Thanks to its location at the center of numerous trade routes, its volcanic soil and warm climate, the island has lured travelers and conquerors over millennia, and each left an indelible mark onto its rich cultural tapestry. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 From the De Koonings to Twombly is a patchwork tapestry of on-the-scene recollections of a radically transformative era for American (particularly New York) art and culture. Jamie Hood, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 Taylor Swift takes her own masterpiece, tears it all up, breaks it like a promise, shreds her tapestry, and rebuilds it into a new heartbreak epic, twice as long and twice as mad. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Tapestry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapestry. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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