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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Pieces highlighting colorful stones are meant to evoke thoughts of the beading and embroidery house founded by Pavlovich’s sister, Marie, who indeed provided handwork for Chanel’s designs. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 The machinery that powers American clothing and shoe factories, such as circular knitting machines for hosiery, looming machines, and embroidery machines, comes almost entirely from China. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "When It Comes to Tariffs, Many U.S. Companies Are on China’s Side," 27 June 2019 Rent the Runway kicked off the launch of their kids’ service with a carnival-themed party, complete with stilt walkers, a dance floor, face painting, and Mommy-and-me jean jacket embroidery station. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 The cooler shell is made of a nylon canvas and comes in solid colors with two dry side pockets—custom embroidery options are available. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat," 17 July 2019 Kate Fitzpatrick adds a web of embroidery thread to an abstract canvas. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 Earlier in June, Carolina Herrera’s new resort line, which uses traditional Mexican embroidery techniques, caught the attention of Mexican cultural minister Alejandra Frausto. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Read the letter from Kyoto’s mayor to Kim Kardashian protesting “Kimono” shapewear," 30 June 2019 Chain stitching, Arvay Adams explains, is the machine embroidery work that appears on sports jerseys, bowling shirts and industrial uniform clothing. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remington storefront challenge brings a fresh look to a neglected corner," 29 June 2019 For the event, Camilla wore vibrant mint dress with white embroidery, along with a white hat. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Camilla Parker Bowles's Vibrant Trooping the Colour Dress Looks So Familiar," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of embroidery

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

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The first known use of embroidery was in the 14th century

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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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