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


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 All are hand engraved in gold applique and painted. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 26 July 2022 The watch aligned with that period is the Grand sphinx de Tanis, which features the sphinx, a royal symbol, in a carved gold applique. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 May 2022 Bryce shared a carousel of photos from the special day on her Instagram on Tuesday, with one picture showing her posing alongside her sister in her ethereal blush bridal gown with lace applique. Dan Heching,, 5 May 2022 Paloma Elsesser Model Paloma Elsesser stunned in a light lavender Coach look that consisted of a full-torso strapless corset and a sheer matching skirt with feminine applique. Seventeen, 4 May 2022 Participants will learn how to make quilt squares using applique on fabric, without sewing and will each create a quilt square with fabric, paper, paint and glue, to take home and to add to a group quilt. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2022 The front crown features a fabric applique with custom art of your team. Mark Heim |, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Kit Kemp and her team collaborate with talented textile artists like Kumi who create detailed applique and unique embroidered designs from old and damaged kimonos which are transformed into her exquisite designs. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Last, but very much not least, comes the eye applique. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 13 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 27 Sep. 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'appliqué.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About appliqué

Time Traveler for appliqué

Time Traveler

The first known use of appliqué was in 1763

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near appliqué

applied ornament



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for appliqué

Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Appliqué.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on appliqué

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for appliqué


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!