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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Lasher refused to comment on the embroidery and speculation in the article.
▪ I bought some black jersey scalloped with gold embroidery from the market, and made a long, three-tiered, halter-necked gown.
▪ In general however, women were sent back to their music and their embroidery and were told to be submissive.
▪ She attended a Catholic boarding school somewhere in the bush and had managed to sit on a needle during an embroidery class.
▪ The little girls had their own pieces of play embroidery and carried small brass pots on their heads.
▪ The younger woman broke tiny mirrors on the side of a tin for her embroidery.
▪ These features of the gospels are neither simple history nor redundant embroidery.
▪ Using a tapestry needle threaded with the embroidery colour, begin at the top right of the motif.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Embroidery \Em*broid"er*y\, n.; pl. Embroideries.

  1. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering.

  2. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration.

    Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed.

    A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases.
    --J. A. Symonds.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., embrouderie "art of embroidering;" see embroider + -y (4). Meaning "embroidered work" is from 1560s.


n. 1 The ornamentation of fabric using needlework. 2 A piece of embroidered fabric.

  1. n. elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings" [syn: embellishment]

  2. decorative needlework [syn: fancywork]


Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Today, embroidery is most often seen on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, stockings, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn color.

The basic techniques or stitches on surviving examples of the earliest embroidery— chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch—remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery today.

Embroidery (short story)

"Embroidery" is a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury. This story was originally published in 1951 by Stadium Publishing Corp. It is included in the collection A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories (2005).

Usage examples of "embroidery".

Audience hall glittered as if it were filled with burning stars, ashimmer from gilt embroidery on fine robes, gems dripping from throats and fingers and wrists.

On a folding screen of blackwork embroidery, an arrow points one way, and I turn the other.

Jeannie did her hair and helped her into a gown of midnight-blue velvet, adorned with a tableau of blackwork embroidery that began at the waist and curled up over her bodice and down over her high-waisted gown.

The Brujo wore white trousers and a long white shirt with four pockets and with broad stripes of blue embroidery down the front of it.

Switching from embroidery to chinoiserie to painting on glass, and oh, when I have a moment or two, I might take a peek at the stars.

Aluminium saucepans, cups and saucers and teapots, hammered copperware, silverwork from Amara, cheap watches, enamel mugs, embroideries and gay patterned rugs from Persia.

Of embroideries, featherwork, and the like, so frequently mentioned by early travelers, hardly a trace is left.

Golden embroidery glittered on a jacket woven of the finest Gujarati silk.

These examples may serve as a small specimen of the infernal ingenuity displayed in the descriptions of the Hindu hells, which are all of one substantial pattern, however varied in the embroidery.

Cherry was always ready to do whatever her kind hostess wished, and happily ran errands, unravelled tangled embroidery silks, went for tediously slow walks with her round the gardens, accompanied her on sedate drives in her landaulette, read aloud to her, and listened with unfeigned interest to her store of very dull anecdotes.

We produce nothing comparable to the great Oriental carpets, Persian glass, tiles, and illuminated books, Arabian leatherwork, Spanish marquetry, Hindu textiles, Chinese porcelain and embroidery, Japanese lacquer and brocade, French tapestries, or Inca jewelry.

She does not rise from the cushioned bench in the alcove, but lowers the embroidery hoop to her lap.

His robe was simple, with barely an inch of purple embroidery along the border, but was of the finest-combed Milesian wool.

Fisera had brought two long pallia with her, one of a rich deep-rose color embroidered all over with golden medallions, the other a strange shade that was almost not any colora shadow tone between gray and tan and greenornamented with dark brown silken embroidery and with accents picked out in seed pearls.

And what better person to give her advice than Rona the Nimble-Fingered, so-called because of her embroidery skills, but she was also known as Rona Roundheels, for obvious reasons.