embroidery

[em-broi-duh-ree, -dree]
noun, plural embroideries.
1.
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.
2.
embroidered work or ornamentation.
3.
elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English embrouderie needlework on cloth < Middle French embroud(er) + Middle English -erie -ery; oi from embroider

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embroidery (ɪmˈbrɔɪdərɪ)
 
n , pl -deries
1.  decorative needlework done usually on loosely woven cloth or canvas, often being a picture or pattern
2.  elaboration or exaggeration, esp in writing or reporting; embellishment

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embroidery
late 14c.; see embroider.
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Example sentences
There is never anything that is more lastingly popular or prettier for table
  decoration than embroidery.
Paper tape also found a use in weaving and embroidery.
Damascene embroidery is some of the finest in the world.
Editing embroidery patterns is straightforward and intuitive.
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