crew·​el | \ ˈkrü-əl How to pronounce crewel (audio) \

Definition of crewel

1 : slackly twisted worsted yarn used for embroidery

Examples of crewel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Top Interior-Design Trends for 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 The client fell in love with a crewel fabric for the great room. Celia Barbour, House Beautiful, "Surprise! This Dreamy "Barndominium" Isn't Actually a Barn at All," 13 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of crewel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crewel

Middle English crule

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“Crewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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