embroidery


noun, plural em·broi·der·ies.

  1. the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle.
  2. embroidered work or ornamentation.
  3. elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.

noun plural -deries

  1. decorative needlework done usually on loosely woven cloth or canvas, often being a picture or pattern
  2. elaboration or exaggeration, esp in writing or reporting; embellishment
n.

late 14c., embrouderie “art of embroidering;” see embroider + -y (1).

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