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

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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 The gown was accented in gold appliques with lace, bugle beads and crystals with the bottom trimmed with bouillon gold lace and sprinkled with aurora borealis stones. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018 Hints of lavender accented the 3D-bead encrusted violet appliques with shimmering Swarovski crystal centers, with embroidered and beaded violets that trailed throughout out the gown. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Elves of Oberon sets the stage for its Carnival ball," 20 Feb. 2018 Mary stowed away the cake topper, Alan’s stephanotis boutonniere, small mesh bags of rice and mints, a napkin, a flower applique from the curtains and a matchbook and soap from their honeymoon hotel, Chicago’s Drake. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 2018 The Royal School of Needlework hand-applied the lace appliques on Kate’s own wedding dress in 2011. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 7 May 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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appliqué

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appliqué

: a decoration that is sewn onto a larger piece of cloth

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