Definition of embroidery in English:

embroidery

noun

  • 1The art or pastime of embroidering cloth:

    ‘my mother decided I should learn embroidery’
    • ‘Unfortunately, after an accident, she had to give up her career, and she then devoted herself to embroidery, patchwork and quilting, taking City and Guilds courses parts I and II in both.’
    • ‘She offered a more varied needlework curriculum of plain work, marking, openwork, and embroidery along with reading and writing.’
    • ‘A sewing group specialising in cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting and needlework meets on Mondays from 11 am to midday.’
    • ‘Another fab lab is in the northeast of India, where one of the few jobs that women can do is Chikan embroidery.’
    • ‘After the war she returned briefly to the museum and became head of the costumes department and learned the art of embroidery from an elderly York woman so she could look after and create clothes down from down the ages.’
    • ‘He had established a school where he held courses for the proletarian class in such crafts as weaving, embroidery, painting, wood carving.’
    • ‘Since the software is something we both can have fun with, it's a great way for an adult to help a child learn embroidery.’
    • ‘In the morning, the two young ladies learned French, did embroidery, and listened to Rebecca's soft voice instruct them on how to run a successful household.’
    • ‘She does needlework and embroidery and never musses her skirts or get twigs and leaves in her hair, and her skin is translucent and fashionable, it does not turn brown the way mine does in the summer.’
    • ‘Needlework and embroidery traditionally belongs to them.’
    • ‘While the inmates of the home are provided with skill training in handicrafts, embroidery and sewing based on their aptitude, the children including those of sex workers are educated.’
    • ‘Crochet is hand-done in India and we also do appliqué embroidery very well, combining it with beading and trims.’
    • ‘They began to teach embroidery and various stitch crafts.’
    • ‘There is also some basket weaving, embroidery, woodworking, and other craft production, but the preponderance of artifacts sold at the markets is imported from Africa.’
    • ‘The islands are known for a textile art called tivaevae, practiced by women, which combines appliqué and embroidery.’
    • ‘The novel does not quite tell us what Ratanbai's curriculum was but we know that she does embroidery and learns English and Marathi and English rhymes.’
    1. 1.1 Cloth decorated with embroidered designs:
      ‘the bazaars stock a wide variety of embroidery’
      [count noun] ‘she frequently exhibited embroideries’
      • ‘Many tapestries, brocades, and embroideries were likewise burned to recover the gold and silver used in their production.’
      • ‘While there are a variety of dress materials such as chikan embroidery from Lucknow, patchwork from Jammu and Nagercoil, paintings occupy a dominant place in the expo.’
      • ‘You will see a unique and interesting blend of fabrics and embroideries from various States of India, Mirch Masala, and Prithvi.’
      • ‘The display includes textiles, embroideries, glass, metalwork and jewels and the often fascinating stories behind them.’
      • ‘There were sequins of all kinds, embroideries and unique fringed fabrics.’
      • ‘The hall was built in 1597 by Bess of Hardwick and is regarded as important for its architecture and the exceptional collection of textiles and embroideries, which are believed to be the best in Europe.’
      • ‘The characteristic appearance of Gujarati chain-stitch embroidery, whether done with a hook or a needle, however, is common to both formats.’
      • ‘The irony of starting with computer technology to produce meticulously hand-sewn, old-fashioned embroideries is consistent with the artist's wry, intricate and paradoxical approach.’
      • ‘Morris's firm encouraged interest in needlework among artistically inclined women by providing designs by himself and others for sale alongside the completed embroideries.’
      • ‘However, it is distinctly different from those mostly monochrome, tussar silk embroideries.’
      • ‘Other handicraft items include hammocks, baskets, mats, embroidery, leatherwork, coral jewelry, and carved and painted gourds and dolls.’
      • ‘The exhibition juxtaposes contemporary images in a diversity of media - paintings and sculptures as well as photographs, video, embroideries and prints - borrowed from public and private collections.’
      • ‘There will be quilts to be judged and other needlework such as embroidery.’
      • ‘The exhibition featured bobbin lace, patchwork and quilting, cross stitch, canvas work embroidery, macramé, and even miniature furniture.’
      • ‘Although the chair frame was made in Newport, the needlework is characteristic of embroideries identified with Boston teachers.’
      • ‘The hall contains one of Europe's finest collections of 16th and 17th century embroideries and tapestries, in addition to fine furniture and painting.’
      • ‘The embroidery, called Lucknowi Chikan, meaning a kind of cloth wrought with needle work, comes from a place called Lucknowi, located in the center of India.’
      • ‘The second, comprised of 120 lots, many with multiple items, included furniture, sculpture, embroideries, fabrics, carpets, and tapestries.’
      • ‘I just stood back and admired the fine embroidery trying to imagine if it was hand stitched how long it would have taken that person.’
      • ‘Indian motifs, traditional themes, and embroideries are the rage on the international fashion scene and it's one of the prime reasons that international fashion stores are looking at India for its expert craftsmanship.’
      needlework, needlepoint, needlecraft, sewing, cross stitch, tatting, crochet, crewel work
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  • 2Embellishment or exaggeration in the description of an event:

    ‘fanciful embroidery of the facts’
    • ‘In remaining loyal to the facts and avoiding unnecessary embroidery, the story stands as a testament to the human spirit.’
    elaboration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, colouring, enhancement
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

embroidery

/ɪmˈbrɔɪd(ə)ri/