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appliqué

Line breaks: ap¦pli|qué
Pronunciation: /əˈpliːkeɪ
 
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Definition of appliqué in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern: [as modifier]: appliqué table linen
More 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 with) Back to top  
Sew or stick pieces of fabric on to (a garment or larger piece of fabric) to form pictures or patterns: 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.

Origin

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

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