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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 of appliqué
1835-1845
1835-45; < French: applied, fastened to, past participle of appliquer to apply
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  • It makes an attractive finish for a hem line and also for finishing the edge in applique.

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  • Like the bead work, the embroidery and applique found on many garments are added "to make pretty."

  • In the end they decided upon a white satin ground with an applique border of some conventional floral pattern.

  • In braid work and applique, only one stitch must be taken at a time, or else the work will appear puckered.

British Dictionary definitions for applique

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 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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