American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wall hanging; a tapestry.
- n. A curtain or wall hanging, especially one of Flemish origin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tapestry; specifically, that used for hangings covering the walls of a room. The original expression cloth of Arras was probably used with more accuracy to distinguish arras tapestry from other sorts. Sometimes used as an adjective.
- 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. If made, and the property is not more than one-tenth of the husband's estate, it becomes the absolute property of the wife, free from all debts of the husband.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Tapestry; a rich figured fabric; especially, a screen or hangings of heavy cloth with interwoven figures.
- v. To furnish with an arras.
- n. a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs
- From French draps d'Arras, from the city of Arras, which was a major source for tapestries in the 15th century. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, after Arras . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
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“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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