Definition of appliqué in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌapləˈkā/


Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns.
Example sentences
  • 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)
1Decorate (a piece of fabric) with appliqué: the coat is appliquéd with exotic-looking cloth (as adjective appliquéd) 19th-century appliquéd silks
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with appliqué


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Syllabification: ap·pli·qué

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