ap·pli·qué | \ˌa-plə-ˈkā \

Definition of appliqué 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material


appliquéd; appliquéing

Definition of appliqué (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to apply (something, such as a decoration or ornament) to a larger surface : overlay

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gown was accented in gold appliques with lace, bugle beads and crystals with the bottom trimmed with bouillon gold lace and sprinkled with aurora borealis stones. Sue Strachan,, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018 Hints of lavender accented the 3D-bead encrusted violet appliques with shimmering Swarovski crystal centers, with embroidered and beaded violets that trailed throughout out the gown. Sue Strachan,, "Elves of Oberon sets the stage for its Carnival ball," 20 Feb. 2018 Mary stowed away the cake topper, Alan’s stephanotis boutonniere, small mesh bags of rice and mints, a napkin, a flower applique from the curtains and a matchbook and soap from their honeymoon hotel, Chicago’s Drake. Hillary Davis,, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 2018 The Royal School of Needlework hand-applied the lace appliques on Kate’s own wedding dress in 2011. Diana Pearl,, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 7 May 2018 There were several gorgeous gowns, too—in hot pink ruched tulle with daisy appliques, micro pleated harlequin Lurex, or ivory tulle with circus motifs, all of which should add to Moschino’s red-carpet prospects. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeremy Scott Plays Ringmaster at Circus-Themed Moschino Runway Show in L.A.," 11 June 2018 Columbine’s costume features a ribboned bow applique inspired by one in a gown by Jean-Philippe Worth, the Parisian couturier of choice for the ladies of the imperial court. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "American Ballet Theatre Revives the Color and Comedy of Marius Petipa's Harlequinade," 24 May 2018 The main feature of the mantle is the Vigee family crest comprised of purple silk velvet, custom beaded gold and bronze appliques and rhinestones, silk beaded, and YMI initials enveloped in German crystal glass. Sue Strachan,, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018 The dress was made of satin with extensive lace appliques on the bodice and skirt. Christina Prignano,, "Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, look back on past royal wedding dresses," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Haehlen, who has Down syndrome, smiles wide and twirls her skirt, revealing how intricately it’s appliqued with sequined, floral explosions of color. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Creative Growth’s special needs clients seize the limelight at fashion show," 5 Apr. 2018 The antithesis of timid, Alessandro Michele at Gucci appliques hats, tops and jeans with motifs like bats, cats, bugs and wolves that make Ralph Lauren’s polo pony seem like a meek flea. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Statement Clothes for Men Who Don’t Like Statement Clothes," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of appliqué


1763, in the meaning defined above


1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appliqué


French, past participle of appliquer to put on, from Latin applicare

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English Language Learners Definition of appliqué

: a decoration that is sewn onto a larger piece of cloth

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