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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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 On his left, Nyong’o wore a cobalt blue fringed strapless dress by Calvin Klein by Appointment with silver beading. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Cast of Black Panther Is the Golden Globes’s Chicest Trio," 7 Jan. 2019 The dress was covered in beading and featured a thigh-high slit. Stephanie Petit,, "Kate Upton Celebrates 26th Birthday in Her Birthday Suit, of Course – See Her Topless Snap," 12 June 2018 Zane's original gown had white beading on the back, but according to the new photos on EW, the back is now just a thin sheer panel. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Walks Down the Aisle in Her Wedding Dress in New Suits Photos," 30 Mar. 2018 Sophie's was a deep red covered in beading and embroidery and a gold dupatta (a matching shawl-like scarf common in traditional Indian clothing), and Joe coordinated outfits with Nick, wearing a powder blue kurta pajama with delicate embroidery. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Nick and Joe Jonas Look Incredible at Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 Designs varied greatly from tribe to tribe, with elements including porcupine quills and beading, according to Cécile R. Ganteaume, associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Ultimate Summer Shoe (It’s Not a Sandal)," 19 July 2018 Fashion brands like Uma and Leopold, started by the Brazilian designer Lara Braga, employ local artisans to produce maxi and wrap dresses using Indonesian Kerawang embroidery and hand beading; each piece can take up to a month to make. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The gown featured no embroidery, no lace, no beading, and was all about shape and sleekness. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Compared to Meghan Markle's–and Kate Middleton's," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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