nee·​dle·​point ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio)
: lace worked with a needle over a paper pattern
: embroidery done on canvas usually in simple even stitches across counted threads
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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of needlepoint was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Needlepoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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nee·​dle·​point ˈnēd-ᵊl-ˌpȯint How to pronounce needlepoint (audio)
: embroidery done on canvas or plastic usually in simple even stitches across counted threads
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