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 Indigenous artists furnished beadwork for the fire pit covers. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Pieces of vintage beadwork and textiles counter this because of their materiality and the presence of a previous history. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Decisions about the show — from the beadwork to the artwork to wardrobe to choosing Red Lobster as a hangout spot — came directly from the writers’ lives. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Renowned Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock beadwork artist and designer Jamie Okuma is an expert at putting an Indigenous twist on luxury fashion. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2021 Both Chloe Bailey's full-length gown and Halle Bailey’s shorter dress were fashioned using metallic beadwork. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2021 That was a really satisfying moment; to tell the stories of these women who were inside and who were learning the beadwork trade. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, 10 Mar. 2021 The students, aged 5 to 12, also received lessons in regular beadwork., 17 Dec. 2020 Arizona Ice Tea cans repurposed into embellishments meant to mimic the look of traditional African beadwork. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of beadwork

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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