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arras1

[ar-uh s] /ˈær əs/
noun
1.
a rich tapestry.
2.
a tapestry weave.
3.
a wall hanging, as a tapestry or similar object.
4.
Theater. a curtain suspended loosely across a stage and used as a backdrop or part of a stage setting.
Origin of arras1
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English, named after Arras
Related forms
arrased, adjective

arras2

[ahr-ahs; Spanish ahr-rahs] /ˈɑr ɑs; Spanish ˈɑr rɑs/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
a gift presented at marriage by a husband to his wife in consideration of her dowry.
Origin
< Spanish: literally, earnest money. See earnest2

Arras

[ar-uh s; French a-rahs] /ˈær əs; French aˈrɑs/
noun
1.
a city in and capital of Pas-de-Calais, in N France: battles in World War I.

Pas-de-Calais

[pahduh-ka-le] /pɑdə kaˈlɛ/
noun
1.
a department in N France. 2607 sq. mi. (6750 sq. km).
Capital: Arras.
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Examples from the Web for arras
Historical Examples
  • They had remained behind the arras, and had not gone out as she must have supposed.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • At arras in June, there was almost as much activity as at Ypres.

  • When there he married the daughter of the rich owner of a spinning factory at arras.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • If this army was defeated, the loss of arras was not the only misfortune to be dreaded.

  • Not a picture on the walls, not an arras, but had been rent to shreds.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Such was the medival rank to which the cathedral at arras had attained.

  • "I daresay not," she confessed, nestling the more closely in his arras.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The army of Gen. de Castelnau did not extend on its left south of arras.

  • He had been able to form some estimate of the enemy's strength between arras and the sea.

    1914

    John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • The latter ran now along the great highway from Tongres to arras.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts
British Dictionary definitions for arras

arras

/ˈærəs/
noun
1.
a wall hanging, esp of tapestry

Arras

/ˈærəs; French arɑs/
noun
1.
a town in N France: formerly famous for tapestry; severely damaged in both World Wars. Pop: 40 590 (1999)

Pas-de-Calais

/French pɑdkalɛ/
noun
1.
a department of N France, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, on the Straits of Dover (the Pas de Calais): the part of France closest to the British Isles. Capital: Arras. Pop: 1 451 307 (2003 est). Area: 6752 sq km (2633 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for arras
n.

"pictured tapestry," late 14c., from Anglo-French draps d'arras, from Arras, city in France where pictured tapestries were made, from Latin Atrebates, name of a tribe of the Belgae who inhabited the Artois region; probably literally "inhabitants," from a Celtic trebu "tribe."

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