bead·​work | \ ˈbēd-ˌwərk How to pronounce beadwork (audio) \

Definition of beadwork

1 : ornamental work in beads
2 : joinery beading

Examples of beadwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per the label’s creative director, Gherardo Felloni, the new collection—a range of handbags and clutches—is festooned with so many handicrafts (beadwork, embroidery) that the elements evoke the mesmerizing effects of a kaleidoscope. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 16 June 2022 All of these nations left much in Lebanon, one thing being their intricate fashion, which has translated today into couture craftsmanship like thousands of hours of beadwork and sequin placing. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The equivalent of long-haul trucks, Native American boats transported raw materials and handcrafted trade products — baskets, ceramics, luxury beadwork — on riverine highways up and down and across what is now called North America. New York Times, 3 July 2022 Other vendors also sold various cultural wares, like Navajo, Ute and Hopi beadwork, Ecuadorian woodcarvings and Japanese origami, among others. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2022 Some gather to craft Minishonka beadwork together; some go to classic costume parties; some paint anti-colonialism graffiti. Selome Hailu, Variety, 16 June 2022 The dress also is embroidered with heavy beadwork that pulls down on the fabric as time passes. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 The actor showed up in a red leather blazer and white lace slip dress embroidered with black beadwork and fringe, all of which was punctuated by a pair of huge sleazy-chic aviator sunglasses. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 17 May 2022 Still, Kardashian has drawn ire from conservators for wearing the dress, which is made of souffle and embroidered with heavy beadwork, at all. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beadwork

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2022

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“Beadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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