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embroidery

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noun em·broi·dery \im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of embroidery

  • : 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

Full Definition of embroidery

plural em·broi·der·ies

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail

  3. 3 :  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of embroidery

14th century



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