appliqué

noun
ap·​pli·​qué | \ ˌa-plə-ˈkā How to pronounce appliqué (audio) \

Definition of appliqué

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material

appliqué

verb
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

Examples of appliqué in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In product photos, Barbie wears a long black gown with a trumpet-style bottom, covered in a colorful floral pattern, skull detailing and butterfly appliques. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Day of the Dead Barbie Will Reportedly Be Released Ahead of Mexican Holiday — Here's Where to Buy," 9 Sep. 2019 Skeletal lines in silk pique applique, in an ultramarine blue inspired by a painting by the post-war French nouveau realist Yves Klein, adorned the front, from just below the neck to just above the hem. Washington Post, "Actress Jessica Hecht’s Emmy night comes down to the dress," 16 Sep. 2019 The speaker is Shirley McGuire on wool applique with a trunk show of more than 40 quilts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 On Thursday, July 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., children eight and older will be making a pillow using applique and learning to use a sewing machine. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 June 2019 Emily draws on personal narratives to create modern work-wear silhouettes, incorporating female-centric traditions of quilting, mending, and applique into each of her collections. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This Year’s LVMH Prize Finalists Focus In On Sustainability In Fashion," 27 Mar. 2019 Open thread work appliques extended above the bodice neckline and blend with the collar. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Rex, Comus continue 100-plus year tradition at their Carnival balls," 14 Feb. 2018 While hats are de rigueur at royal weddings, most women opt for frilly fascinators with veils, embroidery and appliques. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Top Hat and Tails to the Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The Italian double-face silk-satin trumpet shaped gown was layered with delicately beaded tulle and elaborately encrusted guipure lace applique. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "The Atlanteans ball celebrates Louisiana," 20 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An eggplant placemat is appliqued with a border of coral and paired with Leotine's Chopstick monogram for an unforgettable table bathed in color. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "The Personalized Touch Your Dinner Table Needs," 21 Mar. 2014 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

Noun

1763, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appliqué

Noun

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

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The first known use of appliqué was in 1763

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appliqué

noun
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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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