from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wall hanging; a tapestry.
- n. A curtain or wall hanging, especially one of Flemish origin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tapestry or wall hanging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Tapestry; a rich figured fabric; especially, a screen or hangings of heavy cloth with interwoven figures.
- transitive v. To furnish with an arras.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tapestry; specifically, that used for hangings covering the walls of a room.
- n. A kind of powder, probably made of the root of the orris.
- n. In Spanish law, a voluntary gift made by a husband to his wife upon marriage in consideration of the portion which he receives from her.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs
Mr. Morris preferred the word arras as attached to his weavings, tapestry having sometimes the odious modern meaning of machine-made figured stuffs for any sort of furniture covering.
Some fine specimens of ancient tapestry of Arras, hence the name arras, chiefly in shades of grey and blue, and also specimens of the delicate hand-made Arras lace, are here.
This tapestry was commonly known as arras, from the name of the French town where it was chiefly woven; and behind it, since it stood forward from the wall, was a most convenient place for a spy.
As the word arras had entered English vocabularies centuries before, gobelins became a synonym for tapestry hanging, regardless of the place of origin.
He asked me if the arras were a present, to which I answered in the affirmative, as the prince was by, lest it might be seized.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
In older English "arras" is used also for tapestry.
These I called my "arras," having picked up the word from hearing my father read Shakespeare aloud at night after we were in the trundle-bed.
It lent her strength to remove the bed, which it was not difficult to do; but the room was hung with old-fashioned glazed linen, when many years before it had been fitted up as a bed-chamber: this kind of arras entirely hid the door.
Another good night of 'arras' and it was great to see the Ronnie Baxter road show still trucking on.
During the party, an amateur production of Hamlet is staged and, at the moment Polonius is due to be stabbed behind the arras, the actor playing him, a political high flyer named Lord Auldearn, is shot dead.
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