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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Examples of embroidery in a Sentence

She learned embroidery from her grandmother. His stories about his travels include a good deal of embroidery.
Recent Examples on the Web Reynolds looked dapper in a blue short-sleeve button-down shirt with red arrow embroidery, complemented with grey slacks, tan sneakers, and a tweed driving cap. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2021 The yacht shows its name on the casual navy napkins with white embroidery that line the bread baskets, white linens from Sferra that spell Grace using embroidered nautical flags, and a range of other custom elements. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021 Love is love and so is the dainty tulle bra featured with rainbow embroidery. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, 6 June 2021 Embellishments like the floral embroidery on Alessandra Rich’s resort 2022 denim minis also give the designs a joyous makeover that feels of the moment. Vogue, 7 July 2021 Her mother had done the embroidery on the hearts and leaves Bride pattern. Sandra Hope, Arkansas Online, 16 June 2021 This embroidery brand, which began in Brooklyn in 2007 and has since expanded to an office in Wyoming, creates designs that demonstrate a love of wildlife and outdoor fun. The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2021 The Mosaic, which features marquetry that Alma based on an embroidery pattern, was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II as a gift for Empress Alexandra. Nancy Gould Chuda, Town & Country, 11 June 2021 On the third floor of the church, nine women took part in an embroidery class. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of embroidery

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

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4 Aug 2021

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“Embroidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroidery. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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


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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