American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ornament with needlework; embroider.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To adorn with figures of needlework, or by sewing on ornaments; embroider: as, “a broidered coat,” Ex. xxviii. 4.
- v. archaic To embroider.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Archaic To embroider.
- v. decorate with needlework
- Alteration (influenced by Middle English broiden, braided) of Middle English brouderen, from Old French brosder, brouder; see embroider. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sword broider'd was burn'd up, so hot was that blood,”
“With 'broider'd coat and lace-frill'd throat, and jewels rich and rare,”
“Verily not, said Habundia, nor why thou art not clad in the fair green gown which thou didst broider; for whiles I have seen the witch flaunting it on the wooden ugly body of her, and thou wouldst not wear it after she had cursed it with her foulness.”
“The women of his day were no doubt obstreperous and extravagant, and hence his famous but perfectly ineffectual teaching that they should not "broider their hair, or wear gold or silver or costly array," and that they shouldn't talk in meeting, and if they wanted to know anything, ask their husbands, and drink of their intellectual superiority.”
“I have tried to broider it with gold, I have tried to hang silver-bells upon the drooping corners thereof.”
“The curse of foot binding does not fall so heavily upon women like myself, who may sit and broider the whole day through, or, if needs must travel, can be borne upon the shoulders of their chair bearers, but it is a bane to the poor girl whose parents hope to have one in the family who may marry above their station, and hoping thus, bind her feet.”
“There came to them none of those happy little adventures, bright gleams from the unexpected, which we broider and magnify as the years go by, and store at last in our soul as the one inexhaustible treasure acquired by the smiling memory of life.”
“And broider the long-clothes and neat little coat;”
“She would have followed Bacon to the death, and sat up all night to broider herself a kerchief.”
“Will broider his buckskin mantle with the quills of the porcupine.”
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