noun em·broi·dery \im-ˈbri-d(ə-)rē\

: the process or art of sewing a design on cloth

: cloth decorated by sewing : embroidered material

: extra details that are added to make a story more interesting and that are not true or accurate

plural em·broi·der·ies

Full Definition of EMBROIDERY

a :  the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework
b :  a design or decoration formed by or as if by embroidery
c :  an object decorated with embroidery
:  elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail
:  something pleasing or desirable but unimportant <considered the humanities mere educational embroidery>

Examples of EMBROIDERY

  1. She learned embroidery from her grandmother.
  2. His stories about his travels include a good deal of embroidery.

First Known Use of EMBROIDERY

14th century


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