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tapestry

[ tap-uh-stree ]
/ ˈtæp ə stri /
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noun, plural tap·es·tries.

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.
a machine-woven reproduction of this.

verb (used with object), tap·es·tried, tap·es·try·ing.

to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
to represent or depict in a tapestry.

RELATED WORDS

drapery, hanging, arras, dosser

Nearby words

taper pin, taper relief, tapered roller bearing, taperstick, tapestried, tapestry, tapestry brussels, tapestry moth, tapetoretinal, tapetoretinal retinopathy, tapetum

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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British Dictionary definitions for tapestry

tapestry

/ (ˈtæpɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

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
another word for needlepoint
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 tapestry

tapestry


n.

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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