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appliqué

[ap-li-key] /ˌæp lɪˈkeɪ/
noun
1.
ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.
2.
work so formed.
3.
a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface.
verb (used with object), appliquéd, appliquéing.
4.
to apply as appliqué to.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French: applied, fastened to, past participle of appliquer to apply
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Examples from the web for appliqué
  • Features applique cap logo, embroidered logo, tech pocket and woven label.
  • Features embroidered team logo on one side and fashion script satin applique on opposite side.
British Dictionary definitions for appliqué

appliqué

/æˈpliːkeɪ/
noun
1.
a decoration or trimming of one material sewn or otherwise fixed onto another
2.
the practice of decorating in this way
verb -qués, -quéing, -quéd
3.
(transitive) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: applied
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Word Origin and History for appliqué

applique

n.

1841, from French appliqué "work applied or laid on another material," noun use of past participle of appliquer "to apply" (12c.), from Latin applicare (see apply).

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Encyclopedia Article for appliqué

applique

sewing technique in which fabric patches are layered on a foundation fabric, then stitched in place by hand or machine with the raw edges turned under or covered with decorative stitching. From the French appliquer, "to put on," applique is sometimes used to embellish clothing or household linens. Like patchwork (piecing), it is a method of constructing or embellishing quilts. (See quilting.)

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