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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 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, "Quilts are expressive, political and front and center during Portland Textile Month," 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, "Portland Textile Month puts quilts, fiber arts front and center: Free events, virtual talks, workshops," 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, "Slippers that make your life instantly cozier," 14 Jan. 2020 Dresses had floral appliques, while some fuller skirts were paired in a fresh way with coordinating shorts. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Fashion Week: Valentino Turns Up the Volume With Starry Front Row," 30 Sep. 2019 As the night kicked off Harvey, in an eye-popping teal blazer with gold appliques, quipped about his 2015 error. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Miss Universe 2019: Steve Harvey mixes up two contestant again thanks to teleprompter flub," 9 Dec. 2019 The Katy Perry Collections label no longer features either the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website, which featured metal appliques imitating eyes and nose plus exaggerated red lips on the upper part of the shoes. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "The worst fashion missteps of 2019, from bullet-hole hoodies to Gucci's straightjacket," 26 Nov. 2019 Makeup artist, Samantha Lau took the 23-year-old’s eyelids to another dimension with 3-D star appliques and the galactic glamour would have even given Euphoria’s Maddy a run for her money. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Herieth Paul's Halloween Makeup Is Out Of This World," 28 Oct. 2019 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,, "Day of the Dead Barbie Will Reportedly Be Released Ahead of Mexican Holiday — Here's Where to Buy," 9 Sep. 2019 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


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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