Definition of broderie anglaise in English:

broderie anglaise


mass noun
  • Open embroidery, typically in floral patterns, on fine white cotton or linen.

    as modifier ‘a nightgown with broderie anglaise trim’
    • ‘He showed broderie anglaise trimmed tiered skirts with masculine cut trench coats, jackets that were long and straight over tweed culottes and eastern, oriental inspired yellow and purple patchwork prints on jackets.’
    • ‘It's a look inspired by dramatic heroines: sweet and coy in broderie anglaise or lusty and busty in tight-fitted cottons.’
    • ‘If you must show some skin, simply roll up your new baggy trousers or shorts, but in the main everything has gone as girly as can be: short-sleeved jumpers, pinafore dresses and ruffled blouses with a good dose of broderie anglaise to finish.’


Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘English embroidery’.


broderie anglaise

/ˌbrəʊd(ə)rɪ ˈɒ̃ɡleɪz/