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[em-broi-duh-ree, -dree] /ɛmˈbrɔɪ də ri, -dri/
noun, plural embroideries.
the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle.
embroidered work or ornamentation.
elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.
Origin of embroidery
1350-1400; Middle English embrouderie needlework on cloth < Middle French embroud(er) + Middle English -erie -ery; oi from embroider Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fanny appeared, a vision of white arms, lace, and embroidery.

    The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • When her embroidery gave her mind a moment's leisure, she was astonished not to see Felicien.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Mr. Broadstreet looked meekly at the embroidery upon his sleeves.

    Around the Yule Log Willis Boyd Allen
  • An Irish harp worked in embroidery lies sodden on the earth.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • This is probably because many of the people who design for embroidery do not understand it.

British Dictionary definitions for embroidery


noun (pl) -deries
decorative needlework done usually on loosely woven cloth or canvas, often being a picture or pattern
elaboration or exaggeration, esp in writing or reporting; embellishment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for embroidery

late 14c., embrouderie "art of embroidering;" see embroider + -y (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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