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[tap-uh-streed] /ˈtæp ə strid/
furnished or covered with tapestries.
represented in tapestry, as a story.
Origin of tapestried
First recorded in 1620-30; tapestry + -ed2, -ed3
Related forms
untapestried, adjective


[tap-uh-stree] /ˈtæp ə stri/
noun, plural tapestries.
a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
a machine-woven reproduction of this.
verb (used with object), tapestried, tapestrying.
to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
to represent or depict in a tapestry.
1400-50; late Middle English tapst(e)ry, tapistry < Middle French tapisserie carpeting. See tapis, -ery
Related forms
tapestrylike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tapestried
Historical Examples
  • The doctor selected the tapestried chamber for him as being most airy.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Then she went to Josephine's bedroom-door: it opened on the tapestried room.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He went back to his wife and knelt down on her tapestried cushion.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • The halls and corridors of the mansion are tapestried with books.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Behold him as he sits, within the tapestried chamber at Hampton Court!

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • Leave it to Dunn to be lounging in the other tapestried chair.

  • And he quitted the room, slowly closing the tapestried door.

  • The walls are tapestried with a paper of yewfronds and clear glades.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Some of the rooms are tapestried with Chinese silks, beautifully embroidered.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • It was as if they walked a strip of tapestried twilight in some unlighted dream.

    The Tree of Life Catherine Lucille Moore
British Dictionary definitions for tapestried


noun (pl) -tries
a heavy ornamental fabric, often in the form of a picture, used for wall hangings, furnishings, etc, and made by weaving coloured threads into a fixed warp
another word for needlepoint
a colourful and complicated situation: the rich tapestry of London life
Derived Forms
tapestried, adjective
tapestry-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis
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Word Origin and History for tapestried



mid-15c., variant of tapissery (early 15c.), from Middle French tapisserie "tapestry" (14c.), from tapisser "to cover with heavy fabric," from tapis "heavy fabric," from Old French tapiz (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tappetium, from Byzantine Greek tapetion, from classical Greek, diminutive of tapes (genitive tapetos) "tapestry, heavy fabric," probably from an Iranian source (cf. Persian taftan, tabidan "to turn, twist"). The figurative use is first recorded 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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