crew·​el ˈkrü-əl How to pronounce crewel (audio)
: slackly twisted worsted yarn used for embroidery

Examples of crewel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Find these prints in tapestry, crewel work and cut velvet for the biggest impact. Erin Hayes Burt, Dallas News, 13 June 2023 Elizabeth Cooper, another Bay Area designer, highlighted furry alternatives such as alpaca (see the Arhaus pillow at right), while Bethesda, Md., designer Marika Meyer likes the tactility of crewel embroidery. Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2020 The client fell in love with a crewel fabric for the great room. Celia Barbour, House Beautiful, 13 Dec. 2016

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Word History


Middle English crule

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crewel was in the 15th century

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“Crewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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crew·​el ˈkrü-əl How to pronounce crewel (audio)
: a loosely twisted wool yarn used for embroidery
also : embroidery made with this yarn

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