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[tap-ee, tap-is, ta-pee] /ˈtæp i, ˈtæp ɪs, tæˈpi/
noun, plural tapis.
Obsolete. a carpet, tapestry, or other covering.
on the tapis, under consideration or discussion:
A new housing development for that area is on the tapis.
Origin of tapis
1485-95; < Middle French; Old French tapizGreek tapḗtion little carpet, equivalent to tapēt- (stem of tápēs) carpet + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • As soon as anything concerning her beloved Burgsdorf comes on the tapis, nothing will keep her.

    The Northern Light E. Werner
  • Dubois, on the first opportunity, brought it again on the tapis.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The ball, which no tongue had hitherto ventured to mention, was again brought on the tapis.

    Vathek William Beckford
  • I immediately placed the Colonel's broken head upon the tapis.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • The "tapis d'orient" effect, so frequently quoted by the French in writing of such works, is hardly excelled elsewhere.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • Hanover was then on the tapis, and the King felt the allusion.

  • This significant undertaking was evidently on the tapis early in the winter.

  • She gave them quite a while, for she was chatting with the girls about some weddings on the tapis.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • So the flat was taken, and the question of furniture was the next to come upon the tapis.

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for tapis


/ˈtæpiː; ˈtæpɪ; French tapi/
noun (pl) tapis
tapestry or carpeting, esp as formerly used to cover a table in a council chamber
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French tapiz, from Greek tapētion rug, from tapēs carpet
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