Definition of tapestry in English:


Line breaks: tap|es¦try
Pronunciation: /ˈtapɪstri

noun (plural tapestries)

1A piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving coloured weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or soft furnishing: panelled walls hung with old tapestries [mass noun]: motifs and compositions used in Indian tapestry [as modifier]: tapestry bags
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  • On the walls, there were thick tapestries made of expensive fabrics, and old pictures painted in glory.
  • Her range of work includes hand-woven tapestry, wall hangings, framed tapestries, hand-woven bags and belts.
  • She embroiders clothes, makes tapestries, and weaves.
1.1Used in reference to an intricate or complex sequence of events: the loopiness of the Commons adds to life’s rich tapestry
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  • No less important, is the tapestry of outreach events organised by orchestras that bring musicians' skills off the stage.
  • The tapestry of this complex play gives scope for some exciting performances, particularly for the wives and daughter.
  • In fact, much of this issue of History Today picks up strands of the complex tapestry of the history of liberty.


late Middle English: from Old French tapisserie, from tapissier 'tapestry worker' or tapisser 'to carpet', from tapis 'carpet, tapis'.



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  • Such a terrific piece of knowledge caused me to yell, and to bolt (like a rabbit into his burrow) through the tapestried door at the side of the audience-chamber.
  • "I know, but I have been taking care all evening, and frankly, I want to scream," she replied as she flung herself dramatically into a red tapestried chair.
  • She successfully proffered $44,000 for six tapestried chairs and a sofa that had been made, a long time ago, for Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

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