em·​broi·​dery im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce embroidery (audio)
plural embroideries
: the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework
: a design or decoration formed by or as if by embroidery
: an object decorated with embroidery
: elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail
: something pleasing or desirable but unimportant
considered the humanities mere educational embroidery

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 The embroidery was hand-drawn by Payne, incorporating floral motifs and edgings that adorned Olivia’s great-great-grandmother’s veil from around 1880. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 In Campbell, a turtle and an embroidery shop share a common thread: they are used by a small business to support people with disabilities like autism. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 12 May 2024 Lopez wore a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown that — wait for it — took 800 hours of hand embroidery to craft and was made with 2,500,000 silver foil bugles and beads. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 With the help of several commercial embroidery machines, the crew stitches uniform designs onto dozens of bags, caps, shirts and more. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for embroidery 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Embroidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroidery. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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em·​broi·​dery im-ˈbrȯid-(ə-)rē How to pronounce embroidery (audio)
plural embroideries
: the process or art of embroidering
: needlework done to decorate cloth

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