Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsolete Tapestry or comparable material used for draperies, carpeting, and furniture covering.
  • idiom on the tapis Under consideration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Tapestry; formerly, the cover of a council table.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tapestry; formerly, the cover of a council table.
  • transitive v. To cover or work with figures like tapestry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with ornamental figures as in tapestry; embroider.
  • To carpet; hang with tapestry; upholster.
  • n. In the Philippine Islands, a broad sash of cotton or silk, about one yard wide and two yards long, worn by Tagalog and other Filipino women wrapped around the waist over the saya.
  • n. Woolen material used for floor-cloths and hangings, as carpeting, rugs, and tapestry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a heavy textile with a woven design; used for curtains and upholstery

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French; see tapestry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Tall, dark trees rose in ordered majesty about the château, and before it a wide band of lawn, called a tapis vert, ran to the lodge-gates that opened on the highroad.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • [FOOTNOTE 26: A tapis was a small cloth or tapestry sometimes used to cover a table; hence the expression "on the tapis" meant "on the table" or "under consideration."] "You and Kilcullen don't hit it off together -- eh, Ballindine?" said

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • There is sure to be some large picnic, some delightful gathering on the "tapis," when they choose to exhibit their griefs.

    Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl Sister of that "Idle Fellow."

  • C'est vraiment un beau pays, très hospitalier, où vous serez tentée de faire beaucoup d'achats!!! poteries, vêtements et objets de cuir, cuivres, tapis, souvenirs de toutes sortes, etc., etc ...

    contretemps - French Word-A-Day

  • Celle des toitures est comme un tapis inégal de vieilles tuiles d'argile claire rehaussé de quelques cheminées.

    rubrique - French Word-A-Day

  • La vidéo ci-après montre Sameer Mishra, âgée de 13 ans, qui épelle correctement le mot numnah, autre mot pour numdah, qui désigne un feutre grossier, et une selle de cheval ou un tapis brodé fabriqué dans cette matière.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • Comme de coutume, les invités ont rejoint leur siège en marchant sur un tapis rouge.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Then at night, you set anchor in the middle of a tapis vert, a simple grass lawn on land perhaps but out in the Pacific, it's a vast cultivated field of bioluminescent dinoflagelletes.

    Elastic

  • Carte internationale du tapis vegetal et dea conditions ecologiques. 3 coupures au 1/1,000,000 de Madagascar.

    Madagascar dry deciduous forests

  • Gigantic Suprematist geometries filled with salt-loving algae vacillating through hues of pinks, reds, yellows and oranges as the new tapis vert.

    Archive 2007-05-01

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