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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
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  • 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.
  • It was a white floor length gown with gold sequin embroidery and a backless cowl.
  • Lustra painting in combination with embroidery is an adaption of the principles of etching embroidery which is now being revived.
  • Remove one back pocket from the jeans and decorate with embroidery or an iron-on patch.
  • Come here to buy beautiful cotton or linen pieces with subtle or quirky embroidery.
  • embroidery thread, fabric for art, and couture gowns are still hand-colored with cochineal.
  • New embroidery can be purchased to give fresh life to an old sweater.
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
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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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