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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 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 Among the items on loan from Kazakhstan are gold animal forms inlaid with precious stones and gold applique used to decorate clothes. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2021 The Allegro set in particular is distinguished by its applique stripes. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 13 May 2021 The quilt, a sophisticated applique style that uses stitchery, was being honored during the third annual Portland Textile Month, a series of events in October organized by Caleb Sayan of Portland’s Textile Hive. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2020 Learn how archetypal images and symbols add meaning to textile art and create a symbolic applique during a virtual workshop ($50) on Oct. 18 led by sculptor and arts educator Carolyn Hazel Drake. oregonlive, 29 Sep. 2020 These are made out of colorful brushed fleece with quirky appliques on top, like an orange fox stretched across two slippers. Popular Science, 14 Jan. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of appliqué was in 1763

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“Appliqué.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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