- 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.
Origin of arras1
- a gift presented at marriage by a husband to his wife in consideration of her dowry.
Origin of arras2
- a city in and capital of Pas-de-Calais, in N France: battles in World War I.
- a department in N France. 2607 sq. mi. (6750 sq. km). Capital: Arras.
Examples from the Web for arras
Historical Examples of arras
They had remained behind the arras, and had not gone out as she must have supposed.A Dish Of Orts
At Arras in June, there was almost as much activity as at Ypres.
When there he married the daughter of the rich owner of a spinning factory at Arras.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
If this army was defeated, the loss of Arras was not the only misfortune to be dreaded.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
Not a picture on the walls, not an arras, but had been rent to shreds.Mistress Wilding
- a wall hanging, esp of tapestry
- a town in N France: formerly famous for tapestry; severely damaged in both World Wars. Pop: 40 590 (1999)
- 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)
"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."