One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Like rollerblading and macramé, parallel parking is something I just can't do.’
- ‘Even without the benefit of macramé, retro seventies' disco chic never looked so hilariously square.’
- ‘Family planning nurses will find they no longer believe in contraception and child pornography investigators will suddenly take up macramé.’
- ‘Three major mis-hits later, I wanted to give up golf and take up 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.’
- 1.1usually as modifier Articles made using macramé.‘spider plants dangled in macramé plant 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.’
- ‘Staring pointedly at her, Clark slaps his hand around the macramé bag on the counter and shoves it into Lynn's grasp.’
- ‘Women in rural areas are well known for their macramé hammocks and bags.’
- ‘Craft fairs, traditionally home of the blue rinse and middle classes, are often lacking in inspiration but inundated with macramé pots and patterned doilies.’
- ‘Erica Jong cannot, as far as we know, be held responsible for white spandex or macramé pot holders.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The knots in my back and shoulders are beginning to resemble a macramé rug…’
Mid 19th century: French, from Turkish makrama ‘tablecloth or towel’, from Arabic miqrama ‘bedspread’.
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