mac·​ra·​mé ˈma-krə-ˌmā How to pronounce macramé (audio)
variants or less commonly macrame
: a coarse lace or fringe made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern
also : the art of tying knots in patterns

Examples of macramé in a Sentence

Her hobbies include knitting and macramé.
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Word History


French or Italian; French macramé, from Italian macramè, from Turkish makrama napkin, towel, from Arabic miqrama coverlet

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macramé was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Macramé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also macrame
: a coarse lace or fringe made by knotting threads or cords
also : the art of tying knots in patterns
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