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[oh-buh-suh n, -sawn; French oh-by-sawn] /ˈoʊ bə sən, -ˌsɔ̃; French oʊ büˈsɔ̃/
an ornate rug constructed in a flat tapestry weave, often in pastel colors.
Origin of Aubusson
First recorded in 1960-65; after Aubusson, town in central France where made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her pretty drawing-room was only partly furnished––an 110 expensive but genuine set of old Aubusson being her limit for the time.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • At Aubusson alone over two thousand work-men are employed in rug-weaving.

  • An Aubusson carpet of palest green, with a festoon pattern of pink roses, covered two-thirds of the blocked, polished floor.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • He shook hands with her vaguely, and sat down on a Sheraton chair and fixed his eyes on the Aubusson carpet.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Then he took four hours' sleep, and at daybreak started back again, making fresh enquiries till he arrived at Aubusson.

    In the Irish Brigade G. A. Henty
  • The terms "Beauvais," "Aubusson," etc., do not give their names to any particular style of tapestry.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • And yet history of tapestry weaving at Aubusson lacks the importance that gilds the Gobelins and Beauvais.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • In our wanderings about Aubusson we came across an old man who said he was so old that he had forgotten his age.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • Aubusson, a French town on the Creuse, manufactures carpets and tapestry.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Gobelins, Beauvais, and Aubusson tapestry are used for covering, the subjects being in harmony with the taste of the time.

    Illustrated History of Furniture Frederick Litchfield
British Dictionary definitions for Aubusson


/French obysɔ̃/
a town in central France, in the Creuse department: a centre for flat-woven carpets and for tapestries since the 16th century. Pop: 4662 (1999)
denoting or relating to these carpets or tapestries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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