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[kraws-stich, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌstɪtʃ, ˈkrɒs-/
a stitch in which pairs of diagonal stitches of the same length cross each other in the middle to form an X .
embroidery or needlepoint done with this stitch.
verb (used with or without object)
to work in cross-stitch.
Origin of cross-stitch
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cross-stitch
Historical Examples
  • The cross-stitch "tidy" on the back was his mother's handiwork, she had made it when she was fifteen.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • cross-stitch it in a shade darker than the gingham or in white or red.

  • The stitch used for the samplers was usually the cross-stitch (Fig. 87).

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The Commandments, which the wreath enframes, are worked in cross-stitch.

  • The leaves and cover may be sewed together with a cross-stitch.

  • It is made with cross-stitch embroidery on burlap, silk, or wool canvas.

    Hand-Loom Weaving

    Mattie Phipps Todd
  • She could do plain sewing and overcast, cross-stitch and hem-stitch.

    Quiet Talks on Service

    S. D. Gordon
  • She began to work in cross-stitch upon a wreath of tulips and roses.


    Mary Johnston
  • In making up flannel, back-stitch and run the seams, and then cross-stitch them open.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • I will send you up some pretty silk for the covers, and you might cross-stitch a little motto if you liked.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for cross-stitch


an embroidery stitch made by two stitches forming a cross
embroidery worked with this stitch
to embroider (a piece of needlework) with cross-stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cross-stitch

1710, from cross (adj.) + stitch (v.). As a verb from 1794.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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