bead·​ing | \ ˈbē-diŋ How to pronounce beading (audio) \

Definition of beading

1 : a beaded molding
2 : material or a part or a piece consisting of a bead
3 : an openwork trimming
4 : beadwork

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Chopra looked dreamy in a shimmering white lehenga, reportedly by Falguni Shane Peacock India, decked out in elaborate beading and embroidery. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Stepped Out in an Incredible Reception Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 As visitors to the exhibition will find out, the latter was not actually made from python leather, but from python-effect beading. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Is This Exhibit the Reason Kim Kardashian West Is Wearing Vintage Mugler? A First Look Inside Thierry Mugler: Couturissime," 26 Feb. 2019 The beading on them is so well done and visually fun. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How One Woman Makes (And Styles!) Socks for the Old Céline Sort," 29 Apr. 2019 If anything, the most popular It Bags of 2019 haven't the slightest indication of the designer at all (save for maybe the shape or beading) and are from up-and-comers like By Far or Susan Alexandra. Glamour, "16 It Bags Everyone Will Be Wearing This Year," 13 Mar. 2019 The dress, basically the dream bridal look, saw Kate in a one-shouldered, flowing design, embellished with soft white flowers and elegant beading. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore a Pair of Princess Diana's Favorite Earrings for Her BAFTA Red Carpet Appearance," 11 Feb. 2019 Maisie’s custom pale pink Coach dress literally sparkled with vintage crystal and sequin beading in floral motifs. Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Attend "Game of Thrones" Belfast Premiere," 13 Apr. 2019 Her dress featured dramatic tulle sleeves, a bodice made of sheer and intricate beading, and thigh-high slits. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "SZA Looks Like An Actual Angel At Her First Grammy Awards," 29 Jan. 2018 Especially within the indigenous jewelry market, which is largely still relegated to the realms of turquoise or beading, Scott’s more modern aesthetic proves the power of working in abstracts. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of beading

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beading

: beads that are sewn on a piece of clothing as decoration


bead·​ing | \ ˈbēd-iŋ How to pronounce beading (audio) \

Medical Definition of beading

: the beadlike nodules occurring in rickets at the junction of the ribs with their cartilages

called also rachitic rosary, rosary

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