smocking

noun

smock·​ing ˈsmä-kiŋ How to pronounce smocking (audio)
: a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stella McCartney chose to show a striking blue cotton dress with all-over smocking, that took a slightly sporty and minimalist feel. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 27 May 2022 Sweet smocking and pleats hit all the high notes, and an attention to trimmings—from lace to satin ribbons—further expand upon the charming mood of the trend. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 16 May 2022 For Special Occasions Elevate occasionwear with dreamy florals, delicate smocking, and pastel linens in the cutest of cuts. Rickie De Sole, Vogue, 16 Apr. 2021 After our fabrics are hand-dyed and washed, they’re sent to be cut into various panels, some of which are sent off to the smocking team. Emily Farra, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2018 After our fabrics are hand-dyed and washed, they’re sent to be cut into various panels, some of which are sent off to the smocking team. Emily Farra, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smocking was in 1888

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“Smocking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smocking. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

smocking

noun
smock·​ing ˈsmäk-iŋ How to pronounce smocking (audio)
: a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks

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