ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.
work so formed.
a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface.
verb (used with object), appliquéd, appliquéing.
to apply as appliqué to.

1835–45; < French: applied, fastened to, past participle of appliquer to apply Unabridged
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appliqué (æˈpliːkeɪ)
1.  a decoration or trimming of one material sewn or otherwise fixed onto another
2.  the practice of decorating in this way
vb , -qués, -quéing, -quéd
3.  (tr) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué
[C18: from French, literally: applied]

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Word Origin & History

1841, from Fr. appliqué "work applied or laid on another material," pp. of appliquer "to apply" (12c.), from L. applicare (see apply).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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