Definition of crewel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞owəl/


A thin, loosely twisted, worsted yarn used for tapestry and embroidery.
Example sentences
  • She had been working half-heartedly at the crewel embroidered shawl for some time.
  • Most often the handiwork of women in prosperous New England households from about 1720 to 1800, crewel embroidery consists of slackly twisted yams that are stitched onto plain-woven fabrics, usually linen, using a variety of stitches.
  • The silk shoes and the crewel panel at the Connecticut Historical Society enlarge the meaning of the bed sheet in the Beinecke.


Late 15th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with crewel

accrual, construal, cruel, dual, duel, fuel, gruel, jewel, newel, renewal, reviewal

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Syllabification: crew·el

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