A rich tapestry, typically hung on the walls of a room or used to conceal an alcove.
- Polonius reports that he will spy on Hamlet's visit to Queen Gertrude by stowing himself behind an arras in her bedroom.
- Spying behind an arras, Polonius perceives Gertrude's danger and cries for help.
- Polonius hides behind an arras and yelps when Hamlet's rage endangers the Queen.
Late Middle English (originally denoting the fabric itself): named after the French town of Arras.
Words that rhyme with Arrasembarrass, harass
Definition of arras in:
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