[ tap-uh-stree ]
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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

Other words from tapestry

  • tap·es·try·like, adjective

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/ (ˈtæpɪstrɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. a colourful and complicated situation: the rich tapestry of London life

Origin of tapestry

C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis

Derived forms of tapestry

  • tapestried, adjective
  • tapestry-like, adjective

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