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tapestry (ˈtæpɪstrɪ



(plural) -tries
  1. 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
  2. another word for needlepoint
  3. a colourful and complicated situation   ⇒  ■ the rich tapestry of London life

Derived Forms

ˈtapestried  adjective
ˈtapestry-ˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis

Translations for 'tapestry'

  • British English: tapestry A tapestry is a large piece of heavy cloth with a picture sewn on it using coloured threads. NOUNHe stared in wonder at the tapestries on the walls.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tapete de parede
  • Chinese: 织锦织織锦錦
  • European Spanish: tapiz
  • French: tapisserie
  • German: Wandteppich
  • Italian: arazzo
  • Japanese: タペストリー
  • Korean: 태피스트리
  • Portuguese: tapete de parede
  • Spanish: tapiz

Example Sentences Including 'tapestry'

I expected you to come down here and maybe buy a table, or a tapestry.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
The thumping cadence of the engines and the gentle swaying of the boat took them past a tapestry of rural scenes, all brushed with sunlight.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games
`They're making a knitted patchwork tapestry to auction for charity.
Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A Collection of Short Stories


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