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.
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.
Historical Examples

Peasants, alarmed by the reports of Uhlans seen at arras and near Boulogne, were in full flight.
The Boy Scouts on the Trail George Durston

He had been able to form some estimate of the enemy’s strength between arras and the sea.
1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres

Vaast and Ecurie, north of arras, forming a salient of the German line.
New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915 Various

The Confederation of arras was proclaimed on January 6, 1579.
Belgium Emile Cammaerts

We are just on our departure for arras, where, I fear, we shall scarcely arrive before the gates are shut.
A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part I. 1792 An English Lady

Borachio, hiding behind the arras, overhears the truth of the matter.
William Shakespeare John Masefield

Suddenly, from the direction of the arras covering the door to left, a muffled sound begins to obtrude itself.
Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker

Examine the arras work and see to what tricks the artist had recourse.
The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee

The clergy of St.-Vaast in the diocese of arras found, in 1768, two wretched urchins thrown upon the world by an unnatural father.
France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert

They had remained behind the arras, and had not gone out as she must have supposed.
A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald

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.”


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