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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
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  • A door on the left leads to other rooms, and an arrased one opposite, down to the street.

    A Night in Avignon Cale Young Rice
  • Still there was no movement among all the arrased, girdered, pillared hosts.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
British Dictionary definitions for arrased

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)
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Word Origin and History for arrased

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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