Share this entry

Share this page

tapestry

Syllabification: tap·es·try
Pronunciation: /ˈtapəstrē
 
/

Definition of tapestry in English:

noun (plural tapestries)

1A piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or furniture covering.
Example sentences
  • 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 combination of things or sequence of events: a tapestry of cultures, races, and customs
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

tapestried

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of tapestry in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: inˈɡrāSHēˌāt
verb
bring oneself into favor with someone through flattery…