[tap-ee, tap-is, ta-pee]

noun, plural tap·is.

Obsolete. a carpet, tapestry, or other covering.


    on the tapis, under consideration or discussion: A new housing development for that area is on the tapis.

Origin of tapis

1485–95; < Middle French; Old French tapizGreek tapḗtion little carpet, equivalent to tapēt- (stem of tápēs) carpet + -ion diminutive suffix
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noun plural tapis

tapestry or carpeting, esp as formerly used to cover a table in a council chamber

Word Origin for tapis

C17: from French, from Old French tapiz, from Greek tapētion rug, from tapēs carpet
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