embroider

verb
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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Recent Examples on the Web The name is plastered on the bottoms of snowboards, embroidered on jackets, stenciled into bindings and omnipresent in the shops around the villages. Eddie Pells, Anchorage Daily News, "Snowboarding visionary Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 22 Nov. 2019 The name is plastered on the bottoms of snowboards, embroidered on jackets, stenciled into bindings. Eddie Pells, The Know, "Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards, dies at 65," 21 Nov. 2019 The name is plastered on the bottoms of snowboards, embroidered on jackets, stenciled into bindings. NBC News, "Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 21 Nov. 2019 The name is plastered on the bottoms of snowboards, embroidered on jackets, stenciled into bindings. Eddie Pells, courant.com, "Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 21 Nov. 2019 Runes are all over Midsommar: embroidered on clothes, hanging on their maypole structure, painted on the walls. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 Cardiff’s players, who sported daffodils embroidered on their shirts in Sala’s honor, celebrated a goal by racing to the home dugout and holding up a blue shirt bearing Sala’s photograph. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man leading search for Sala’s plane says wreckage found," 4 Feb. 2019 The dead woman was skinny, wearing black sweatpants and a gray denim western shirt embroidered with red and black flowers, still wet from the night's rainstorm. Meagan Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin cold case solved when anonymous tipster said Florida woman talked about killing someone in Illinois 20 years ago, police say," 12 Nov. 2019 The project was a huge, queen-size quilt made up of 100 hexagon pieces -- 50 of them embroidered with a design for every US state and 50 stars. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "A woman found an unfinished, 20-year-old quilt and complete strangers are helping piece it together," 25 Oct. 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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The first known use of embroider was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Embroider.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroidering. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for embroider

embroider

verb
How to pronounce embroider (audio)

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

embroider

verb
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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