Simple Definition of embroider
: to sew a design on a piece of cloth
: to make (a story, the truth, etc.) more interesting by adding details that are not true or accurate
Full Definition of embroider
embroidererplay \-ˈbrȯi-dər-ər\ noun
Examples of embroider in a sentence
She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf.
a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers
He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.
Origin and Etymology of embroider
alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle
First Known Use: 14th century
EMBROIDER Defined for Kids
Definition of embroider for Students
1 : to make with needlework <She embroidered her initials.>
2 : to decorate with needlework <I'm embroidering a tablecloth.>
3 : to make more interesting by exaggerating or adding details <The story had been … embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was anymore. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>
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