plural -s
: a complex power machine for working embroidery designs and lace patterns on textiles
schiffli embroidery

Word History


German dialect (Swiss), literally, small ship, diminutive of German schiff ship, from Old High German skif; probably from the shape of its shuttles

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near schiffli

Cite this Entry

“Schiffli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!