bead·​ing ˈbē-diŋ How to pronounce beading (audio)
: a beaded molding
: material or a part or a piece consisting of a bead
: an openwork trimming

Examples of beading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fabric in that dress is made of beading and embroidery. Madison Rexroat, ELLE, 8 Sep. 2023 Qualley’s white Mary Janes featured a minuscule heel and beading on the vamp, which matched the beaded neckline of her first wedding look, a silky halter sheath dress. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2023 Celebrities leaned into looks with dazzling sparkle factor, with Go-See styles that were heavy on sequins, beading, and metallics. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2023 One of them featured a hoop adorned with a beading charm, while the other earring dangled. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 9 Sep. 2023 The fabric and intricacy of the cover can play a role in price though — think of beading, material, and size. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 For a pre-wedding reception for Victoria's brother, Prince Carl Philip, Victoria looked glitzy in a dove gray gown with intricate beading. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 13 Aug. 2023 Between the loud fabric, the fringe beading, the über-high leg slit, the cape train, and the bracelets ... Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 15 June 2023 The bridal collection will include an array of shapes and sizes with gowns adorned with custom beading, draping, feathers, and more per WWD. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beading was in 1799

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“Beading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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bead·​ing ˈbēd-iŋ How to pronounce beading (audio)
: the beadlike nodules occurring in rickets at the junction of the ribs with their cartilages

called also rachitic rosary, rosary

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