mac·​ra·​mé | \ ˈma-krə-ˌmā How to pronounce macramé (audio) \
variants: or less commonly macrame

Definition of macramé

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Tipping Point rolls back the years Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite get tangled up with the era of bell-bottoms, earth shoes and macrame vests in Tipping Point Theatre’s annual year-end cabaret fundraiser. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this week, including New Year's Eve fun, the Roots, Jeff Daniels, Kwanzaa," 25 Dec. 2019 Clay pots dangling from macrame hangers, Birkenstocks and handmade clothing made way for brands like Generra and Reunion for men, and Joseph Ribkoff, Elana Kattan and Komarov for women. oregonlive, "Retiring owner of iconic Ashland retail business with $1 million in sales says ‘make an offer’," 15 Dec. 2019 Braden notes that the first ornaments, which arrived in the macrame-and-needlepoint era of the 1970s, were relatively simple. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "6,600 Hallmark ornaments just arrived at Henry Ford Museum: When you can see them," 25 Nov. 2019 The coverup for my first look also had French macrame lace and French embellished lace trim all framed with pearls to tie in my swimsuit. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Top Model Devon Windsor Wed Alexis Co-Founder Jonathan Barbara in a Stunning Three-Day Wedding in St. Barths," 20 Nov. 2019 Set the scene with this chic macrame table runner, which is one of Pottery Barn's most popular Thanksgiving decor items. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "21 things you need to buy before Thanksgiving," 13 Nov. 2019 Enjoy the nostalgia for all things collegiate: Swing in the lobby’s macrame hammocks while enjoying the hotel’s vinyl collection on the record player, or play magnetic wall Scrabble and giant Lite Brite outside on The Quad. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast Inn-Escapable: 3 beautiful SLO County hotels," 15 Sep. 2019 Monica Nessel, a store manager at Urban Planting Cleveland, has hosted macrame classes at the Hildebrandt building and plans to continue them at the new location. Anne Nickoloff,, "‘Plants for everyone’: Urban Planting Cleveland opens this weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 To ensure variety, only two artists who create the same kind of art — photography, painting or macrame, for example — are allowed to display at the same time. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "TV designer Kelli Kaufer opens Stillwater store featuring Minnesota artisans," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of macramé

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macramé

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

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The first known use of macramé was in 1865

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“Macramé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of macramé

: the art of tying knots in string to make decorative things also : things made in this way

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