American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or art of embroidering.
- n. Ornamentation of fabric with needlework.
- n. A piece of embroidered fabric.
- n. Embellishment with fanciful details.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of working with the needle raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc. Embroidery has been used in all ages for the decoration of hangings and garments used for statues of divinities or in religious ceremonials; but its use in ordinary dress was especially developed during the middle ages in Europe, when garments entirely ornamented with the needle were worn by those who could afford them, and heraldry offered an opportunity for embroidery upon the surcoats and tabards of men-at-arms. The nations of Persia and the extreme East are the greatest masters of embroidery in modern times. The example most familiar to the West is the India shawl, for which see
- n. A design produced or worked according to this art.
- n. Variegated or diversified ornamentation, especially by the contrasts of figures and colors; ornamental decoration.
- n. In heraldry, a hill or mount with several copings or rises and falls.
- n. The ornamentation of fabric using needlework.
- n. A piece of embroidered fabric.
- n. The elaboration of an account etc. with details, especially when fictitious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering.
- n. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration.
- n. decorative needlework
- n. elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
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“If you will visit antique stores, you will see that a lot of this crochet and embroidery is now surfacing from estate sales.”
“Its leader, Iduna Laube, having the absolute support of the association, soon established a school for sewing linen and a commercial school with courses in embroidery, lace-making, dressmaking, and housekeeping.”
“Well Helen has a knack for mixing up video game nerdiness with craftiness, and voila: the Prince from Katamari Damacy in embroidery!”
“The gold embroidery is not to be surpassed anywhere; the tailors 'shops are a blaze of gorgeous colour and design.”
“Ann Smith of the Presentation Convent at Youghal found an old piece of lace and mastered its art herself, and then set to work to teach it to the poor girls around, who were striving to earn a subsistence on a sort of muslin embroidery long out of date, and at which a moderately good worker could earn a penny per ten hours.”
“A wall-hanging about 19 2/3 feet square, executed in gobelin embroidery, is unique and beautiful.”
“[Page 109] small group of flowers in embroidery, remain to attest my industry in this line; but it was one of the very few points – I do not recollect another – in which it has struck me that labour was ill bestowed in our education.”
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