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.

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The Lebanese designer reimagined traditional Chinese drawings through embroideries with sequins, paillettes and sparkle that depicted fauna and flora; elements, the house said, that represent powerful protective spirits in Eastern legend. Washington Post, "Dion, Paltrow mingle with the organic at Valentino couture," 3 July 2019 Upcoming weekend workshops include block printing, sashiko embroidery, upcycled self-watering planter, test tube propagation station and DIY Bitters, in which folks 21 years old and up will create a custom blend. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Science Center: Stargazing, DIY mouse-ear headband sessions set for late-night event," 2 July 2019 Yu was an activist who wrote poetry and did embroidery. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "How Gyo Fujikawa Drew Freedom in Children’s Books," 21 June 2019 Brian and Payton established Flat Vernacular in 2010 in Brooklyn, after an installation of Payton's sticker art and Brian's embroidery in the West Village shoe store Leffot led to their first custom commission. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Payton Cosell Turner's Home Office Is Inspired by Virginia Woolf and The Babysitters Club," 6 June 2019 Similarly, Global Goods Partners found solution for women in Afghanistan's Kandahar region who are skilled at embroidery but where fabric is scarce, said Joan Shifrin, company's co-founder. Alexandra Olson, USA TODAY, "Authentically handmade? How to know amid mass production," 27 Jan. 2018 Modern designs, including elaborate embroidery and patterns, suggest that at least some of the shahtooshes were newly made. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 In fact, the price of a gown with the brand only increases should added handwork, like embroidery, be required, which would be something only the client would request. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 Machine embroidery at Ramona Senior Center, 8 to 11:30 a.m., 434 Aqua Lane, 760-789-0440. Ramona Sentinel, "Our Town Calendar of Events: June 6-12," 5 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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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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