arras

1
[ ar-uh s ]
/ ˈær əs /

noun

a rich tapestry.
a tapestry weave.
a wall hanging, as a tapestry or similar object.
Theater. a curtain suspended loosely across a stage and used as a backdrop or part of a stage setting.

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Origin of arras

1
1375–1425; late Middle English, named after Arras
Related formsar·rased, adjective

Definition for arras (2 of 4)

arras

2
[ ahr-ahs; Spanish ahr-rahs ]
/ ˈɑr ɑs; Spanish ˈɑr rɑs /

noun (used with a singular verb)

a gift presented at marriage by a husband to his wife in consideration of her dowry.

Origin of arras

2
< Spanish: literally, earnest money. See earnest2

Definition for arras (3 of 4)

Arras

[ ar-uh s; French a-rahs ]
/ ˈær əs; French aˈrɑs /

noun

a city in and capital of Pas-de-Calais, in N France: battles in World War I.

Definition for arras (4 of 4)

Pas-de-Calais

[ pahduh-ka-le ]
/ pɑdə kaˈlɛ /

noun

a department in N France. 2607 sq. mi. (6750 sq. km). Capital: Arras.
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British Dictionary definitions for arras (1 of 3)

arras

/ (ˈærəs) /

noun

a wall hanging, esp of tapestry

British Dictionary definitions for arras (2 of 3)

Arras

/ (ˈærəs, French arɑs) /

noun

a town in N France: formerly famous for tapestry; severely damaged in both World Wars. Pop: 40 590 (1999)

British Dictionary definitions for arras (3 of 3)

Pas-de-Calais

/ (French pɑdkalɛ) /

noun

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

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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