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tap·es·try

 (tăp′ĭ-strē)
n. pl. tap·es·tries
1.
a. A heavy cloth woven with rich, often varicolored designs or scenes, usually hung on walls for decoration and sometimes used to cover furniture.
b. A cloth embroidered with designs or scenes, especially one made in the Middle Ages.
2. Something felt to resemble a richly and complexly designed cloth: the tapestry of world history.
tr.v. tap·es·tried (-ĭ-strēd), tap·es·try·ing, tap·es·tries (-ĭ-strēz)
1. To hang or decorate with tapestry.
2. To make, weave, or depict in a tapestry.

[Middle English tapiceri, tapstri, from Old French tapisserie, from tapisser, to cover with carpet, from tapis, carpet, from Greek tapētion, diminutive of tapēs, perhaps of Iranian origin.]

tapestry

(ˈtæpɪstrɪ)
n, pl -tries
1. (Art Terms) 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. (Knitting & Sewing) another word for needlepoint
3. a colourful and complicated situation: the rich tapestry of London life.
[C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis]
ˈtapestried adj
ˈtapestry-ˌlike adj

tap•es•try

(ˈtæp ə stri)

n., pl. -tries, n.
1. a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a reversible design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
2. a machine-woven, nonreversible reproduction of this.
v.t.
3. to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
4. to represent or depict in a tapestry.
[1400–50; late Middle English tapst(e)ry, tapistry < Middle French tapisserie carpeting. See tapis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tapestry - something that resembles a tapestry in its complex pictorial designstapestry - something that resembles a tapestry in its complex pictorial designs; "the tapestry of European history"
complexity, complexness - the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"
2.tapestry - a heavy textile with a woven designtapestry - a heavy textile with a woven design; used for curtains and upholstery
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
3.tapestry - a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designstapestry - a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs
edging - border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
hanging, wall hanging - decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"
Translations
نَسيج مُطَرَّز، تَطْريز
tapisérie
gobelinvægtæppe
faliszõnyeg
myndvefnaîur
gobelenas
gobelēns
tapiséria
tapiserija
duvar örtüsügoblen

tapestry

[ˈtæpɪstrɪ] N (= object) → tapiz m; (= art) → tapicería f

tapestry

[ˈtæpɪstri] n
(= needlework) → tapisserie f
(fig)fresque f
The book presents a tapestry of teenage life in the provinces → Le livre est une fresque de la vie adolescente en province.

tapestry

nWand- or Bildteppich m; (= fabric)Gobelin m; tapestry-makingTapisserie f; it’s all part of life’s rich tapestrydas gibt alles dem Leben mehr Würze

tapestry

[ˈtæpɪstrɪ] n (object) → arazzo, tappezzeria; (art) → mezzo punto

tapestry

(ˈtӕpəstri) plural ˈtapestries noun
(a piece of) cloth into which a picture or design has been sewn or woven, hung on a wall for decoration or used to cover eg the seats of chairs. Four large tapestries hung on the walls.
References in classic literature ?
The walls of the apartment were completely hung with splendid tapestries which hid any windows or doors which may have pierced them.
My guide drew aside one of the tapestries, disclosing a passage which encircled the room, between the hangings and the walls of the chamber.
The tapestries were of a strange weaving which gave the appearance of heavy solidity from one side, but from my hiding place I could perceive all that took place within the room as readily as though there had been no curtain intervening.
I must search out her apartments and force her to repeat the cruel truth to me alone before I would be convinced, and so I deserted my post and hastened through the passage behind the tapestries toward the door by which she had left the chamber.
The walls of this room were hung with transparent tapestries behind which I secreted myself without being apprehended.
In all of them there were old pictures or old tapestries with strange scenes worked on them.
The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue.
The rug upon the marble floor was so thick and soft that he could not hear the sound of his own footsteps, and upon the walls were splendid tapestries woven with scenes from the Land of Oz.
le Cardinal de Bourbon, who, for the sake of pleasing the king, had been obliged to assume an amiable mien towards this whole rustic rabble of Flemish burgomasters, and to regale them at his Hôtel de Bourbon, with a very "pretty morality, allegorical satire, and farce," while a driving rain drenched the magnificent tapestries at his door.
It had been arranged for the purpose, early in the morning; its rich slabs of marble, all scratched by the heels of law clerks, supported a cage of carpenter's work of considerable height, the upper surface of which, within view of the whole hall, was to serve as the theatre, and whose interior, masked by tapestries, was to take the place of dressing-rooms for the personages of the piece.
The count had valuable Gobelin tapestries and Persian carpets in the house.
So if we could bring the world famous Bayeux Tapestry here, it would be a great attraction during 2021 for visitors from around the country - and indeed around the world - to come to the city and enjoy all of our tapestries.