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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He embroidered his stories and kept us entertained for hours.
▪ Amy embroidered the history of the family as well.
▪ I do not think there is any question of them having embroidered on these events in any way.
▪ I used a grey yarn to embroider the body and antennae.
▪ I would have bought you a new slip, of satin, trimmed with lace, or embroidered with roses.
▪ The cushion was embroidered with a pattern of golden keys.
▪ They taught me darning, knitting, embroidering, mending, solitaire, palm-reading, whatever they knew.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Embroider \Em*broid"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embroidered; p. pr. & vb. n. Embroidering.] [OE. embrouden. See Broider.] To ornament with needlework; as, to embroider a scarf.

Thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen.
--Ex. xxviii. 39.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Anglo-French enbrouder, from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + broisder "embroider," from Frankish *brozdon, from Proto-Germanic *bruzdajan. Spelling with -oi- is from c.1600, perhaps by influence of broiden, irregular alternative Middle English past participle of braid (v.). Related: Embroidered; embroidering.


vb. 1 To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours. 2 (context figuratively English) To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.

  1. v. decorate with needlework [syn: broider]

  2. add details to [syn: pad, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise, blow up, dramatize, dramatise]

Usage examples of "embroider".

Our saddles were in the Akkadian fashion, which is to say scarcely saddles at all, but embroidered blankets with luxuriant silk fringes, a pair of long stirrups dangling on straps.

I soon found myself arrayed in lapis lazuli jazerant, cothurni, and a stephane, the whole set off by an ebony baculus and a voluminous damassin cape embroidered with rotting pearls.

Queen to an embroidered throne under a velvet baldachino in a gorgeous chamber which had been the chapel of the Popes.

There were delicate tiny baskets with dyed quill designs, small leather bags embroidered with mollusk-shell beads, and cords twisted and knotted into patterns.

The result was a grand, beautiful bliaut of jade velvet worthy of a queen, richly detailed, encrusted with gems and thickly embroidered with gold thread.

Cal got up, searched through the pockets of his stinking, bloody jacket and fished out the bloodier handkerchief with its fancy, embroidered letter F.

They stripped him of all his trophies, all his hard-won honours, even his browband embroidered with the mark of the Hurnei, in a dreadful implacable silence.

Two mozos de campo, picturesque in great hats, with spurred bare heels, in white embroidered calzoneras, leather jackets and striped ponchos, rode ahead with carbines across their shoulders, swaying in unison to the pace of the horses.

She pulled off her hat and, using the gauze sleeve of her embroidered camisa, wiped the perspiration from her face and eyes to better look at the littered remains of what was once, obviously, a very grand place.

With their plumed hats and embroidered jackets and flashy pants, the cardplayers were a sharp contrast to the six guards in plain green and gold.

Tifari Amu and Bizan took the lead, wearing embroidered capes over snow-white chammas and breeches, their horses prancing as if at parade.

Embroidered cloths covered the long tables, and bread and fruit preserves and wine glasses awaited the guests.

The men wore short wool coats in bright colors embroidered with angular scrollwork along the shoulders and sleeves, and dark, baggy trousers stuffed into knee boots.

The left breast was embroidered with a golden cogwheel of a size that could be covered with a palm.

He wore an elegant black suit and a pearl-gray satin vest embroidered with darker-gray fieurs-de-lis, smokyblue ascot, and dark-gray top hat, which he swept off his head as soon as he saw me coming out of the shop.