Main definitions of arras in US English:

: arras1Arras2

arras1

noun

  • A rich tapestry, typically hung on the walls of a room or used to conceal an alcove.

    • ‘Spying behind an arras, Polonius perceives Gertrude's danger and cries for help.’
    • ‘When Hamlet knifes Polonius, the prince walks behind the arras to make sure he has finished the job, repeatedly stabbing the body.’
    • ‘Frightened, Polonius, hiding behind the arras, cries out also.’
    • ‘Detecting the spy behind the curtain and mistaking him for King Claudius, Hamlet plunges his sword into the arras and slays Polonius.’
    • ‘Hamlet has just stabbed Polonius, but he hasn't lifted the arras yet; he still thinks it's the king who lies behind.’
    • ‘So when I, in my role as Polonius, was stabbed behind the arras, I collapsed to the floor and promptly fell asleep.’
    • ‘The moral is that good men always get stabbed behind the arras.’
    • ‘Hamlet refrains from killing Claudius while he is at prayer, but stabs through the arras in his mother's bedroom, killing the old counsellor Polonius, before reprimanding his mother for her affection for Claudius.’
    • ‘Polonius hides behind an arras and yelps when Hamlet's rage endangers the Queen.’
    • ‘Polonius reports that he will spy on Hamlet's visit to Queen Gertrude by stowing himself behind an arras in her bedroom.’
    partition, divider, room divider, dividing wall, separator, curtain, blind, awning, shade, shutter, canopy, windbreak
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting the fabric itself): named after the French town of Arras.

Pronunciation

arras

/ˈɛrəs//ˈerəs/

Main definitions of arras in US English:

: arras1Arras2

Arras2

proper noun

  • A town in northeastern France; population 43,663 (2006). In medieval times it was a center for the manufacture of tapestries.

Pronunciation

Arras

/ˈɛrəs//ˈerəs/