Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • In front of the white marble mantel was a screen of old Gobelin tapestry which was presented to Mrs Grant by the Emperor of Austria.

    Inside the White House | Edwardian Promenade

  • About the same time, 1663, and after several prior changes of hands, Louis XIV purchased the Gobelin estate and its surrounding properties.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The excellent quality of those goods made a fortune for the Gobelin family.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Do you like a beautiful Gobelin tapestry better than one made in Flanders at the commencement of the arts?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The Abbé Gobelin, a litigious and covetous man, directed Madame de Maintenon only.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Lyons and the magnificent Gobelin tapestries I won from Richelieu at play.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Behind his head a younger version of himself rode to hunt on the Gobelin tapestry.

    THE DIAMOND

  • “Smothered fire burns longest, neighbour Gobelin,” said Rouel, as he left the house.

    La Vend�e

  • Gobelin, who had contrived to be of the party, were greatly surprised to hear and to see how civil Michael was to his sons.

    La Vend�e

  • I tell you, Gobelin, in the times now coming, any girl will be ready enough to speak to a young man that has a house over his head, and a five-franc piece in his pocket.

    La Vend�e

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