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[mak-ruh-mey] /ˈmæk rəˌmeɪ/
an elaborately patterned lacelike webbing made of hand-knotted cord, yarn, or the like, and used for wall decorations, hanging baskets, garments, accessories, etc.
the technique or art of producing macramé.
verb (used with object), macraméd or macraméed, macraméing.
to make or produce using macramé:
to macramé a wall hanging.
Also, macrame.
1865-70; < French < Italian macramè kind of fringe on hand towels < Turkish makrama napkin, face towel < Arabic miqrama embroidered coverlet Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for macrame


a type of ornamental work made by knotting and weaving coarse thread into a pattern
Word Origin
C19: via French and Italian from Turkish makrama towel, from Arabic migramah striped cloth
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Word Origin and History for macrame

1869, from French macramé, from Turkish maqrama "towel, napkin," from Arabic miqramah "embroidered veil."

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Encyclopedia Article for macrame

((from Turkish makrama, "napkin," or "towel"), coarse lace or fringe made by knotting cords or thick threads in a geometric pattern. Macrame was a specialty of Genoa, where, in the 19th century, towels decorated with knotted cord were popular. Its roots were in a 16th-century technique of knotting lace known as punto a groppo. In the 1960s macrame became a popular craft and creative art technique in America and in Europe. It has been used to create lampshades, plant hangers, hammocks, window coverings, and wall hangings.

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