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ap·​pli·​qué ˌa-plə-ˈkā How to pronounce appliqué (audio)
: a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material


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appliquéd; appliquéing

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
One of Qian’s defining pieces was a striking babydoll dress in a kelly green hue paired with a knit sweater featuring splendid floral appliques throughout. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 9 May 2024 That same year, tennis icon Serena Williams wore a vibrant yellow dress with pink floral-like appliques by Off-White designer and founder, the late Virgil Abloh. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 2 May 2024 On Saturday, Mariel walked down the aisle in a grand backless halter dress with floral appliques at Hacienda Luna Escondida. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2024 The all-white dress with its long train floral appliques accentuated her baby bump flawlessly. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 11 Apr. 2024 The transparent look was covered in pastel floral applique twisted around a beaded lattice pattern. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 Woolen aprons, facing front or back, partially obscure slip skirts, closing with bows or floral appliques — the silken touches defy the male silhouette. Colleen Barry, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024 Radcliffe wore what appeared to be a dark plum suit with a white undershirt and bow tie, matching Darke's light purple sheer gown with floral appliques. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Colorful swimwear, tops with floral appliques, comfortable pieces like summer shorts, and easy button-ups are what her wardrobe is comprised of in Jamaica. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 10 Jan. 2024
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

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Word History



borrowed from French, past participle of appliquer "to put on, apply," going back to Old French apliquier "to put to use, utilize in a certain way," borrowed from Latin applicāre "to bring into contact (with), situate near, bring to bear (on), make applicable or relevant (to)" — more at apply

Note: French appliqué is apparently not recorded with the specific sense of the English word in the eighteenth or nineteenth century; see discussion s.v. in the Oxford English Dictionary, third edition.


derivative of appliqué entry 1

First Known Use


1763, in the meaning defined above


1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appliqué was in 1763

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“Appliqué.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ap·​pli·​qué ˌap-lə-ˈkā How to pronounce appliqué (audio)
: a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material


2 of 2 verb
appliquéd; appliquéing
: to apply an appliqué to a larger surface

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