Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A needlepoint stitch that produces zigzag lines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a needlepoint stitch that produces zigzag lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The building which serves as the headquarters of the armed force in an Italian town. The bargello at Florence is now the national museum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. needlepoint embroidery stitch that produces zigzag lines

Etymologies

After the Bargello, a museum in Florence, Italy, which contains chairs upholstered in fabric worked in this stitch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "Worse, he's the 'bargello', and you must see that a stranger cannot be received into good society here if he goes to such places as that."

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • The 'bargello' is a cordially-detested person all over Italy, if you except Modena, where the weak nobility make much of the 'bargello', and do justice to his excellent table.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • So morning warms to broad noon, and hunger makes it dinner-time, and the young kinsmen who have strolled abroad come home, one of them with his hand bound up in a white rag that has drops of blood on it, for he has picked a quarrel in the street and steel has been out, as usual, though no one has been killed, because the 'bargello' and his men were in sight, down there near the Orsini's theatre-fortress.

    Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1 Studies from the Chronicles of Rome

  • Fritz and I were at a yarn shop near Portsmouth, picking colors for his next bargello project.

    DesignerBlog

  • The night before, Fritz had gave me my birthday gifts: a reproduction brass Victorian-era turn bell for my front door, a t-shirt that says "Check out my Blog" and gives the URL, and a tea cozy he'd made for my new tea pot in a handsome bargello pattern done in several shades of blue and white.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  • She did lacework on the pillow; tatting; crochet; needlepoint; bargello; petit-point; shadow work; cross-stitch; and crewel embroidery.

    languagehat.com: W.G. SEBALD.

  • To occupy the minds of the people, and give himself time to make some arrangement, he ordered that one Nuto, who had been appointed bargello, or sheriff, by Lapo da Castiglionchio, should be sought.

    The History of Florence

  • Peace was not restored; and the bargello, or sheriff, of the archbishop was imprisoned.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The ‘bargello’ is a cordially-detested person all over Italy, if you except Modena, where the weak nobility make much of the ‘bargello’, and do justice to his excellent table.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I cried, “send for the bargello and have him away to prison.”

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

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