- a rich tapestry.
- a tapestry weave.
- a wall hanging, as a tapestry or similar object.
- Theater. a curtain suspended loosely across a stage and used as a backdrop or part of a stage setting.
noun (used with a singular verb)
- a gift presented at marriage by a husband to his wife in consideration of her dowry.
- a city in and capital of Pas-de-Calais, in N France: battles in World War I.
- a department in N France. 2607 sq. mi. (6750 sq. km). Capital: Arras.
- a wall hanging, esp of tapestry
- a town in N France: formerly famous for tapestry; severely damaged in both World Wars. Pop: 40 590 (1999)
- a department of N France, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, on the Straits of Dover (the Pas de Calais): the part of France closest to the British Isles. Capital: Arras. Pop: 1 451 307 (2003 est). Area: 6752 sq km (2633 sq miles)
“pictured tapestry,” late 14c., from Anglo-French draps d’arras, from Arras, city in France where pictured tapestries were made, from Latin Atrebates, name of a tribe of the Belgae who inhabited the Artois region; probably literally “inhabitants,” from a Celtic trebu “tribe.”