em·​broi·​der | \ im-ˈbrȯi-dər How to pronounce embroider (audio) \
embroidered; embroidering\ im-​ˈbrȯi-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce embroidering (audio) \

Definition of embroider

transitive verb

1a : to ornament with needlework
b : to form with needlework
2 : to elaborate on : embellish embroider a story

intransitive verb

1 : to make embroidery
2 : to provide embellishments : elaborate

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Other Words from embroider

embroiderer \ im-​ˈbrȯi-​dər-​ər How to pronounce embroiderer (audio) \ noun

Examples of embroider in a Sentence

She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf. a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.
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People reports that each panel of her dress was embroidered with 50,400 crystal eclats and 50,400 white beads. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Every Single Detail We Know About Sophie Turner's Custom Louis Vuitton Wedding Dress," 6 July 2019 Even more appealing is knowing that all of the clothing in the film was embroidered by hand and some was hand-painted as well. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Why Midsommar Will Make You Want to Dress Like You’re In a Swedish Cult This Summer," 3 July 2019 Envision Tees, which prints and embroiders T-shirts, has always kept its customer service job postings simple, in part to attract candidates in a hot market dominated by larger firms that offer higher pay and more benefits, says CEO Tom Rauen. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Talent dogfight: Rock stars, heroes and broken promises as job openings near record," 1 July 2019 Prada beaded and embroidered plastic flowers on tie-dyed skirts and shorts to make a young, edgy collection. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Flowers rule for summer — in fashion and home design," 26 June 2019 Though the questioning was friendly, Harris seemed a bit too aware of the cameras: Her overuse of hand gestures, to embroider her responses, felt unnatural. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "An aura of authority," 24 June 2019 The wedding dress is in lace that is then embroidered with flowers and embellishments. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Designer Luisa Beccaria Reveals What It Was Really Like to Make Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding Dress," 18 May 2019 One of the classic scenes in Audrey Hepburn’s seminal 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s features the actress in a Tiffany-blue silk sleep mask, embroidered with golden closed eyes. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 2019 The Times reported that the couple embroidered students’ college application recommendation letters with fabricated stories of hardship that played on negative racial stereotypes. nola.com, "FBI investigating college application practices at T.M. Landry: report," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of embroider

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for embroider

alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle

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English Language Learners Definition of embroider

: to sew a design on a piece of cloth
: to make (a story, the truth, etc.) more interesting by adding details that are not true or accurate


em·​broi·​der | \ im-ˈbrȯi-dər How to pronounce embroider (audio) \
embroidered; embroidering

Kids Definition of embroider

1 : to make with needlework She embroidered her initials.
2 : to decorate with needlework I'm embroidering a tablecloth.
3 : to make more interesting by exaggerating or adding details The story had been … embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was anymore.— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

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