embroidery

noun
em·​broi·​dery | \ im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce embroidery (audio) \
plural embroideries

Definition of embroidery

1a : 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

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Synonyms for embroidery

Synonyms

needlework

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Examples of embroidery in a Sentence

She learned embroidery from her grandmother. His stories about his travels include a good deal of embroidery.

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Viard started at Chanel as an intern for haute-couture embroidery in 1987, The Telegraph reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Successor at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 All the snakes are appliqué, and the barbed wire is free motion embroidery. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Meet the Designer Behind Post Malone’s Epic Nudie Suit," 13 Apr. 2018 The Ralph Lauren piece was 75 foot long and hand-stitched into the embroidery design were eight words and phrases, specially chosen by the actress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Ralph Lauren Wedding Veil Was 75 Feet Long," 4 Dec. 2018 Tan My Design is Hanoi’s oldest embroidery shop and a favorite of local designers and expats, who come here for breezy women’s clothing, housewares, and soft bed linens from Catherine Denoual. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Also among the pieces is a traditional Pakistani wedding ensemble of red silk and chiffon, with metallic embroidery and glass beads. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 The dead leaves and nine tall mossy oaks installed for the show reflected the mood of the collection that focused on autumnal colors with contrasting accessories in neon hues and with crystal embroideries. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Chanel sparks outrage by felling 100-year-old trees at Paris Fashion Week," 7 Mar. 2018 Embroidery Intricate embroidery evokes images of vintage jewelry boxes and heavy gowns like Blake Lively's Met Gala look. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 Sophie wore a red suit embellished with beads and embroidery with a yellow dupatta, and Joe wore a light blue kurta with pink bottoms, perfectly complementing his brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Everything Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Wore During Their Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of embroidery

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

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embroidery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of embroidery

: 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

noun
em·​broi·​dery | \ im-ˈbrȯi-də-rē How to pronounce embroidery (audio) \
plural embroideries

Kids Definition of embroidery

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

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