from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tapestry of a kind woven at the Gobelin works in Paris, France, noted for rich pictorial design.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of damask used for upholstery, made of silk and wool or silk and cotton.
  • Pertaining to the French national factory called the Gobelins, or resembling what is done there.
  • A kind of fancy work made in imitation of such tapestry. It is worked from the back with silk or Berlin wool.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to tapestry produced in the so-called Gobelin works, which have been maintained by the French Government since 1667.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A mainly French and Flemish type of tapestry having richly coloured pictorial designs


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Named after a Parisian manufacturing company founded by Jean Gobelin, whose French name derives from German Kobold 'evil gnome'


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