Definition of macramé in English:



mass noun
  • 1The art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles.

    • ‘Three major mis-hits later, I wanted to give up golf and take up macramé.’
    • ‘Crafty collars made of beaten metal, neckpieces of wood and macramé, great big pendants and crosses are all back from the wilderness.’
    • ‘The humble string was used in different ways throughout, either literally or as a print, on what Neuman called ‘amusing daywear’ featuring macramé, screen-printed wool and canvas, fur and duffle.’
    • ‘Even without the benefit of macramé, retro seventies' disco chic never looked so hilariously square.’
    • ‘Like rollerblading and macramé, parallel parking is something I just can't do.’
    • ‘You know something's a trend when the most fashionable street in Islington, north London, opens a knitting shop, whose classes are booked out weeks in advance and whose clientèle is more Miu Miu than macramé.’
    • ‘The exhibition featured bobbin lace, patchwork and quilting, cross stitch, canvas work embroidery, macramé, and even miniature furniture.’
    • ‘I mean, there are people on LJ who like macramé, for heaven's sake.’
    • ‘Family planning nurses will find they no longer believe in contraception and child pornography investigators will suddenly take up macramé.’
    1. 1.1usually as modifier Articles made using macramé.
      ‘spider plants dangled in macramé plant holders’
      • ‘The knots in my back and shoulders are beginning to resemble a macramé rug…’
      • ‘Erica Jong cannot, as far as we know, be held responsible for white spandex or macramé pot holders.’
      • ‘She caught his glance and smiled briefly, and looked back at Gertrude who was talking heatedly about embroidered doilies and macramé plant holders.’
      • ‘The rustic chair and stools, the country-style ceramic pig cookie-jar on the counter, and the macramé shade over the table all contribute to this feeling of casual comfort.’
      • ‘Women in rural areas are well known for their macramé hammocks and bags.’
      • ‘Staring pointedly at her, Clark slaps his hand around the macramé bag on the counter and shoves it into Lynn's grasp.’
      • ‘Craft fairs, traditionally home of the blue rinse and middle classes, are often lacking in inspiration but inundated with macramé pots and patterned doilies.’
      • ‘Invoke your inner hippie with macramé slouch belts, a fringed (another trend on to itself), embroidered piano shawl draped around your hips, or a tiered peasant skirt.’


Mid 19th century: French, from Turkish makrama ‘tablecloth or towel’, from Arabic miqrama ‘bedspread’.