Definition of crewel in English:

crewel

Syllabification: crew·el
Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞oəl
 
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noun

  • A thin, loosely twisted, worsted yarn used for tapestry and embroidery.
    More 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.

Origin

late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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