Definition of tapestry in English:

tapestry

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘The Tajik style of tapestries typically has floral designs on silk or cotton and is made on a tambour frame.’
    • ‘She was a very keen gardener and flowers and plants feature in the Elizabethan needlework and tapestries in the house.’
    • ‘In 1533 the Dermoyen tapestry firm dispatched a team of weavers and merchants to Istanbul to design tapestries for the sultan.’
    • ‘One other area of textile work worthy of note is that of tapestry and embroidery.’
    • ‘On the walls, there were thick tapestries made of expensive fabrics, and old pictures painted in glory.’
    • ‘No paintings here, instead the walls were decorated with ornate tapestries featuring geometric designs that could almost have been old Celtic.’
    • ‘The walls had excellently crafted tapestries that must have been precious family heirlooms from the look of them.’
    • ‘The tapestry is woven in wool on linen warps and contains details in silk, gold and silver.’
    • ‘The tower was burning, quickly spreading to other parts of the castle which were richly furnished with wooden furniture, silk tapestries and oil paintings.’
    • ‘Brightly colored fabric and large tapestries lined all the walls except for the one directly in front of the doors.’
    • ‘Framed pictures and tapestries lined every hallway they passed.’
    • ‘She sat down at her loom, working quickly on the tapestry she was weaving.’
    • ‘His house was decorated with paintings, tapestries, and family pictures.’
    • ‘The walls were coated with cobwebs and blanketed with old tapestries.’
    • ‘She embroiders clothes, makes tapestries, and weaves.’
    • ‘Every room, stairwell and recess jostles with eye-catching objects, pictures, furniture, tapestries.’
    • ‘It was high-ceilinged and raftered with white stone set with gems, and on the walls were hung tapestries of gold thread.’
    • ‘Her range of work includes hand-woven tapestry, wall hangings, framed tapestries, hand-woven bags and belts.’
    • ‘From 1977 on the work she exhibited included both large pieces of tapestry weaving and finely woven braids.’
    • ‘Later, the artist went through periods of making tapestry and large-scale textile works.’
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to an intricate or complex combination of things or sequence of events.
      ‘a tapestry of cultures, races, and customs’
      • ‘This intuitive quality that you speak of is not an entirely positive thread in the tapestry of my being.’
      • ‘Tibetans make as much a part of the cultural tapestry of India as many other ethnic communities and cultures.’
      • ‘As was indicated in Chapter 3, this rich tapestry of cultural and social variety is no new phenomenon.’
      • ‘The road to Mandalay is an asphalt thread through a tapestry of traditional village life.’
      • ‘The tapestry of this complex play gives scope for some exciting performances, particularly for the wives and daughter.’
      • ‘Form and content have been beautifully woven into a tapestry of romance, speaking for the here and now.’
      • ‘His betrayal was woven into the colorful tapestry that was their story.’
      • ‘I've been told that my life is but a single thread in the tapestry of the universe.’
      • ‘You may be an integrator, able to seamlessly weave a tapestry of home and work threads.’
      • ‘His past was a bitter tapestry sewn together from threads of fear and insecurity.’
      • ‘In fact, much of this issue of History Today picks up strands of the complex tapestry of the history of liberty.’
      • ‘Over time, this tolerant allegiance has woven the varied tapestry of Indian Hindu Dharma.’
      • ‘Immigrant literature may seem to occupy a curious midway world, weaving a tapestry that is at once familiar and far away.’
      • ‘But this remains only one small thread in the environmentalist tapestry.’
      • ‘My own dreams seemed trivial before this tapestry of family plans and lifelong ambitions and children's college funds.’
      • ‘And in conversation he wove a fantastic tapestry of myths about his personal life.’
      • ‘Meticulously illustrated pictures painted with a careful hand spanned pages upon pages in an epic tapestry of secret history.’
      • ‘Using archival footage, the producers created a beautiful tapestry of a life well spent.’
      • ‘To complete his tapestry of interwoven plots, the resolution had to be brilliantly contrived.’
      • ‘No less important, is the tapestry of outreach events organised by orchestras that bring musicians' skills off the stage.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French tapisserie, from tapissier ‘tapestry worker’ or tapisser ‘to carpet’, from tapis ‘carpet, tapis’.

Pronunciation

tapestry

/ˈtæpəstri//ˈtapəstrē/