Definition of macramé in English:

macramé

noun

  • 1The art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles.

    • ‘Even without the benefit of macramé, retro seventies' disco chic never looked so hilariously square.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Family planning nurses will find they no longer believe in contraception and child pornography investigators will suddenly take up macramé.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, there are people on LJ who like macramé, for heaven's sake.’
    • ‘Three major mis-hits later, I wanted to give up golf and take up macramé.’
    • ‘Like rollerblading and macramé, parallel parking is something I just can't do.’
    • ‘Crafty collars made of beaten metal, neckpieces of wood and macramé, great big pendants and crosses are all back from the wilderness.’
    • ‘The exhibition featured bobbin lace, patchwork and quilting, cross stitch, canvas work embroidery, macramé, and even miniature furniture.’
    1. 1.1[usually as modifier] Fabric or articles made by knotting cord in patterns.
      • ‘The knots in my back and shoulders are beginning to resemble a macramé rug…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She caught his glance and smiled briefly, and looked back at Gertrude who was talking heatedly about embroidered doilies and macramé plant holders.’
      • ‘Erica Jong cannot, as far as we know, be held responsible for white spandex or macramé pot holders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Women in rural areas are well known for their macramé hammocks and bags.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

macramé

/ˈmakrəˌmā/