embroidery

noun em·broi·dery \ im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)rē \

Definition of embroidery

plural embroideries
1 a :the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework
b :a design or decoration formed by or as if by embroidery
c :an object decorated with embroidery
2 :elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail
3 :something pleasing or desirable but unimportant
  • considered the humanities mere educational embroidery

Examples of embroidery in a Sentence

  1. She learned embroidery from her grandmother.

  2. His stories about his travels include a good deal of embroidery.

Recent Examples of embroidery from the Web

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First Known Use of embroidery

14th century

embroidery Synonyms


EMBROIDERY Defined for English Language Learners

embroidery

noun

Definition of embroidery for English Language Learners

  • : the process or art of sewing a design on cloth

  • : cloth decorated by sewing : embroidered material

  • : extra details that are added to make a story more interesting and that are not true or accurate


EMBROIDERY Defined for Kids

embroidery

noun em·broi·dery \ im-ˈbrȯi-də-rē \

Definition of embroidery for Students

plural embroideries
1 :needlework done to decorate cloth
2 :the act or art of embroidering


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