noun, plural tapestries.
a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
a machine-woven reproduction of this.
verb (used with object), tapestried, tapestrying.
to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
to represent or depict in a tapestry.

1400–50; late Middle English tapst(e)ry, tapistry < Middle French tapisserie carpeting. See tapis, -ery

tapestrylike, adjective
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tapestry (ˈtæpɪstrɪ)
n , pl -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
[C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., variant of tapissery (early 15c.), from M.Fr. tapisserie "tapestry" (14c.), from tapisser "to cover with heavy fabric," from tapis "heavy fabric," from O.Fr. tapiz (12c.), from V.L. *tappetium, from Byzantine Gk. tapetion, from classical Gk., dim. of tapes (gen. tapetos) "tapestry, heavy fabric,"
probably from an Iranian source (cf. Pers. taftan, tabidan "to turn, twist"). The figurative use is first recorded 1580s.
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Example sentences
But there are still places here with a rich tapestry of unique flora and fauna.
Lush green, purple, and red foliage creates a tapestry of color.
Even the gentle art of tapestry itself was transmuted into violence.
Find decorative tapestry wall hangings, woven clothing, and crafts at outdoor
  markets and cooperatives.
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