Definition of embroidery in English:

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embroidery

Pronunciation: /əmˈbroid(ə)rē/

noun (plural embroideries)

Image of embroidery
1The art or pastime of embroidering cloth.
Example sentences
  • A sewing group specialising in cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting and needlework meets on Mondays from 11 am to midday.
  • She offered a more varied needlework curriculum of plain work, marking, openwork, and embroidery along with reading and writing.
  • Another fab lab is in the northeast of India, where one of the few jobs that women can do is Chikan embroidery.
1.1Cloth decorated with embroidery.
Example sentences
  • Many tapestries, brocades, and embroideries were likewise burned to recover the gold and silver used in their production.
  • The hall contains one of Europe's finest collections of 16th and 17th century embroideries and tapestries, in addition to fine furniture and painting.
  • Although the chair frame was made in Newport, the needlework is characteristic of embroideries identified with Boston teachers.
Synonyms
2Embellishment or exaggeration in the description or reporting of an event: fanciful embroidery of the facts
More example sentences
  • In remaining loyal to the facts and avoiding unnecessary embroidery, the story stands as a testament to the human spirit.
Synonyms
elaboration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, coloring, enhancement;

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French enbrouderie, from enbrouder 'embroider'.

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Syllabification: em·broi·der·y

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