tra·​pun·​to | \ trə-ˈpün-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce trapunto (audio) , -ˈpu̇n- How to pronounce trapunto (audio) \
plural trapuntos

Definition of trapunto

: a decorative quilted design in high relief worked through at least two layers of cloth by outlining the design in running stitch and padding it from the underside

Examples of trapunto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haines embellished his sofas with monochrome trapunto, an Italian padded quilting technique, topped with pale-blue flatwork embroidery. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of trapunto

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trapunto

Italian, from past participle of trapungere to embroider, from tra- across (from Latin trans-) + pungere to prick, from Latin — more at trans-, pungent

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The first known use of trapunto was circa 1924

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“Trapunto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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