Origin of tapestried

First recorded in 1620–30; tapestry + -ed2, -ed3
Related formsun·tap·es·tried, adjective


noun, plural tap·es·tries.
  1. a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
  2. a machine-woven reproduction of this.
verb (used with object), tap·es·tried, tap·es·try·ing.
  1. to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
  2. to represent or depict in a tapestry.

Origin of tapestry

1400–50; late Middle English tapst(e)ry, tapistry < Middle French tapisserie carpeting. See tapis, -ery
Related formstap·es·try·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tapestried

Historical Examples of tapestried

  • The doctor selected the tapestried chamber for him as being most airy.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • Then she went to Josephine's bedroom-door: it opened on the tapestried room.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • He went back to his wife and knelt down on her tapestried cushion.

    The Day of Wrath

    Maurus Jkai

  • The halls and corridors of the mansion are tapestried with books.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • Behold him as he sits, within the tapestried chamber at Hampton Court!

    The Buccaneer

    Mrs. S. C. Hall

British Dictionary definitions for tapestried


noun plural -tries
  1. a heavy ornamental fabric, often in the form of a picture, used for wall hangings, furnishings, etc, and made by weaving coloured threads into a fixed warp
  2. another word for needlepoint
  3. a colourful and complicated situationthe rich tapestry of London life
Derived Formstapestried, adjectivetapestry-like, adjective

Word Origin for tapestry

C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis
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Word Origin and History for tapestried



mid-15c., variant of tapissery (early 15c.), from Middle French tapisserie "tapestry" (14c.), from tapisser "to cover with heavy fabric," from tapis "heavy fabric," from Old French tapiz (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tappetium, from Byzantine Greek tapetion, from classical Greek, diminutive of tapes (genitive tapetos) "tapestry, heavy fabric," probably from an Iranian source (cf. Persian taftan, tabidan "to turn, twist"). The figurative use is first recorded 1580s.

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