nee·​dle·​point | \ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint \

Definition of needlepoint 

1 : lace worked with a needle over a paper pattern

2 : embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads

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Other Words from needlepoint

needlepoint adjective
needlepoint lace needlepoint pillows
needlepoint intransitive verb needlepointed; needlepointing
They passed the three hours needlepointing, reading and watching the Dodgers lose another game on TV. — Robert Hilburn

Examples of needlepoint in a Sentence

She sold her needlepoint at the arts and crafts fair. Her hobbies include knitting and needlepoint.

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But beyond the flowery wallpapers with matching lampshades, dog portraiture, needlepoint and traditional European antiques was a quirky man with a wicked sense of humor. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 The needlepoint tour, which took about 18 months to plan, brought 16 women earlier this month to stores like Shipwreck Beads, Luv2Stitch and A Stitch in Time. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Are You Into Needlepoint or Vintage Clothing? There’s a Crawl for That," 22 May 2018 This week's photo from our archives featured a living room with red needlepoint details on the pillow, rug border, and benchpad. House Beautiful, "Can You Guess the Year?A Vintage House Beautiful Photo of a Living Room with Red Accents," 12 Sep. 2010 My sister celebrated our new house with a needlepoint rendition of it and threw in a profusion of purple blossoms free of charge. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Attack of the purple ‘bean trees’," 6 June 2018 Her signature needlepoint turns up in the strangest places. Gary Thompson,, "'Hereditary': Toni Collette is the main attraction of this old school horror movie layered thick with original ideas," 6 June 2018 My sister soldiered forth with another needlepoint, in the new colors, with a bushy yet barren wisteria in the front. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Attack of the purple ‘bean trees’," 6 June 2018 Men should stick to seasonal essentials with Derby-specific accessories, like a needlepoint belt or a Derby pocket square. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Most Festive Kentucky Derby Party of All Time," 19 Apr. 2018 This style, though, is best consumed in tiny, accessory-size doses: knit ties in bold colors ($89) or something from the circular racks of needlepoint belts, maybe in your Ivy League motif of choice ($165, PTSD optional). Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "J. Press Is for the Ivy League Faithful (or Those Who Like Preppy Drag)," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of needlepoint

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of needlepoint was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of needlepoint

: designs made by covering a piece of cloth with small stitches

: the activity or art of making needlepoint


nee·​dle·​point | \ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint \

Kids Definition of needlepoint

: embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads

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