Definition of appliqué in English:


Syllabification: ap·pli·qué
Pronunciation: /ˌapliˈkā


  • Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns.
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    • The sharp points are fine enough for lace, cutwork, appliqué, tailoring and hand needlework.
    • Throughout 2004 appliqué and embroidery on clothes and fabrics will be much stronger and more extravagant, yet remain dignified.
    • The islands are known for a textile art called tivaevae, practiced by women, which combines appliqué and embroidery.

verb (appliqués, appliquéing, appliquéd)

[with object] (usually be appliquéd) Back to top  
  • 1Decorate (a piece of fabric) with appliqué: the coat is appliquéd with exotic-looking cloth (as adjective appliquéd) 19th-century appliquéd silks
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    • They are made out of felted wool scraps that are appliquéd with a blanket stitch to a wool background.
    • As they were repaired, many were appliquéd with coffins, labelled with the names of departed family members.
    • The creative, well-crafted articles chosen may include not only bestsellers, such as patchwork vests and embellished sweatshirts, but also local artists' quilts and pillows appliquéd with the town's logo.
  • 1.1Sew or stick (pieces of fabric) onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns: the floral motifs are appliquéd to christening robes
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    • The geniuses at this company have created the cutest clutch of them all, appliquéing a delicate white flower on the green cover - making it chic as well as deceptive.
    • With a 3 mm satin stitch and black thread, appliqué the ladybug body and then the wings.
    • With a 3 mm satin stitch and red thread, appliqué the nose and add an initial to the dog tag.


mid 18th century: from French, past participle of appliquer 'apply', from Latin applicare (see apply).

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