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[gob-uh-lin, goh-buh-; French gaw-blan]
  1. made at the tapestry factory established in Paris in the 15th century by the Gobelins, a French family of dyers and weavers.
  2. resembling the tapestry made at the Gobelin factory.
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Origin of Gobelin

First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for gobelin

Historical Examples of gobelin

  • It is the State that makes the Sevres porcelain, and the Gobelin tapestry.

    Sophisms of the Protectionists

    Frederic Bastiat

  • The tapestries are Gobelins, by Coypel, director of the Gobelin establishment.

    The Kensington District

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

  • He was not a sewing-machine, like you and me; he was a Gobelin loom.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The Revolution was but little favourable to the Gobelin manufactory.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • Gobelin, Goblin, or Goubelin, is evidently the same as Kobold.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

British Dictionary definitions for gobelin


  1. of or resembling tapestry made at the Gobelins' factory in Paris, having vivid pictorial scenes
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  1. a tapestry of this kind
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Word Origin for Gobelin

C19: from the Gobelin family, who founded the factory
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