- to decorate with ornamental needlework.
- to produce or form in needlework.
- to adorn or embellish rhetorically, especially with ornate language or fictitious details: He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.
- to do embroidery.
- to add embellishments; exaggerate (often followed by on or upon).
Origin of embroider
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Examples from the Web for embroidered
She dried the teacup with a worn mildewed hand towel, also embroidered with Lily of the Valley.Short Stories from The Daily Beast: Four Hundred Grand
July 6, 2014
She was wearing a strapless, pale yellow dress with embroidered flowers.Face It—We Rubes Will Never Live Like Gwyneth and Jennifer Aniston
July 2, 2014
Then I drew on the white silk robe, embroidered with the Yellow Sign, and placed the crown upon my head.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
This embroidered silk panel was made in China sometime in the 17th century, apparently for export to the West.Ceviche Chow Mein, circa 1650
October 28, 2013
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a collection of regal, embroidered gowns and folk iconography.Valentino: Fit For a Queen
October 1, 2013
That day she embroidered with her usual application and composure.
Indeed, on the morrow she seated herself at the work-frame and embroidered as she was wont to do.
Never before had the chasubles she embroidered been so resplendent with silk and gold.
In embroidered robes of dull gold he sat high on his golden throne.Buried Cities, Part 2
The boy went off, and the youth took a lute from an embroidered case.The Chinese Fairy Book
- to do decorative needlework (upon)
- to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
- to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)
Word Origin and History for embroidered
late 14c., from Anglo-French enbrouder, from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + broisder "embroider," from Frankish *brozdon, from Proto-Germanic *bruzdajanan. Spelling with -oi- is from c.1600, perhaps by influence of broiden, irregular alternative Middle English past participle of braid (v.). Related: Embroidered; embroidering.