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[broi-der] /ˈbrɔɪ dər/
verb (used with object)
to embroider.
Origin of broider
1400-50; late Middle English, variant of browder, Middle English broide(n), browde(n) (past participle, taken as infinitive of braid) + -er6
Related forms
broiderer, noun
broidery, noun Unabridged
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  • But I am sure the woman who can broider like this, is clever enough to make a row of harebells and ferns!

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • I am the handmaid of the earth, I broider fair her glorious gown, And deck her on her days of mirth With many a garland of renown.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • I'll broider with my spray Stone bridge and granite quay, And bear great ships away Unto the long wide sea.

  • And I cannot broider altar-cloths and I will not try—but I can shoot with any man at the flying mark.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for broider


(transitive) an archaic word for embroider
Word Origin
C15: from Old French brosder, of Germanic origin; see embroider
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