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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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  • You thought I took counsel of velvet, and solaced myself with broidery!

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • And these wreaths of broidery were by our ancestors called clocks.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • For the rest, she played with her maidens the live-long day, or took her broidery frame, plying the needle and long silken thread.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • If I would not as lief as forty shillings have done with broidery and peltry, then the moon is made of green cheese.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • She was clad in a simple woollen gown, without lace or broidery, her only ornament a silver bracelet.

  • The Prioress and a Novice are sitting in a window-seat engaged in broidery work.

    Collected Poems Alfred Noyes
  • Ann, who was ever diligent, took less pleasure in idle dreaming; she would ever carry a book or some broidery in her hand.

  • Fair hands, used only to the lute and broidery frame, unsheathed the dagger and made bare the breast.

  • Matilda looked up from the broidery on which she was engaged, and beckoned to her the child thus praised.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Brynhild in her bower was occupied in broidery: she had people and lands around her.

British Dictionary definitions for broidery


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