[ar-uh s]
  1. a rich tapestry.
  2. a tapestry weave.
  3. a wall hanging, as a tapestry or similar object.
  4. 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 formsar·rased, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for arrased

Historical Examples of 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. a wall hanging, esp of tapestry


  1. a town in N France: formerly famous for tapestry; severely damaged in both World Wars. Pop: 40 590 (1999)
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Word Origin and History for arrased



"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper