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[gob-uh-lin, goh-buh-; French gaw-blan] /ˈgɒb ə lɪn, ˈgoʊ bə-; French gɔˈblɛ̃/
made at the tapestry factory established in Paris in the 15th century by the Gobelins, a French family of dyers and weavers.
resembling the tapestry made at the Gobelin factory.
Origin of Gobelin
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Gobelin
Historical Examples
  • It is the State that makes the Sevres porcelain, and the Gobelin tapestry.

  • The tapestries are Gobelins, by Coypel, director of the Gobelin establishment.

    The Kensington District Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • He was not a sewing-machine, like you and me; he was a Gobelin loom.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The Revolution was but little favourable to the Gobelin manufactory.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Gobelin, Goblin, or Goubelin, is evidently the same as Kobold.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Much of this Gobelin weaving has lately been found in Egypt.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • It is in panels from French chateaux, covered with Gobelin tapestry.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • This ludicrous fairy is in France represented by the Gobelin.

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
  • This enhances the value of any Gobelin that was sold to assist the Treasury in 1852.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • These walls are covered with silk, and the tapestry is Gobelin.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for Gobelin


/ˈɡəʊbəlɪn; French ɡɔblɛ̃/
of or resembling tapestry made at the Gobelins' factory in Paris, having vivid pictorial scenes
a tapestry of this kind
Word Origin
C19: from the Gobelin family, who founded the factory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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