[ ar-uh s ]
/ ˈær əs /


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 arras

1375–1425; late Middle English, named after Arras

Related forms

ar·rased, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrased

  • Still there was no movement among all the arrased, girdered, pillared hosts.

  • A door on the left leads to other rooms, and an arrased one opposite, down to the street.

    A Night in Avignon|Cale Young Rice

British Dictionary definitions for arrased (1 of 2)


/ (ˈærəs) /


a wall hanging, esp of tapestry

British Dictionary definitions for arrased (2 of 2)


/ (ˈærəs, French arɑs) /


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