- 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.
- embroidered work or ornamentation.
- elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.
Origin of embroidery
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Examples from the Web for embroidery
Vibrant color surfaced in textile and in beading and embroidery.How World Wars Made Females More Androgynous
July 22, 2014
Mr. Soni created a range of white clothing and cushions with embroidery using safety pins, melted pearl beads, and fabric strips.High Fashion Made in India
February 19, 2014
Have you sublimated your sexual urges by learning Latin and Embroidery?Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
A reference to former Attorney General John Mitchell, who had stepped down as CRP director, reveals another kind of embroidery.What Director Alan Pakula’s Papers Reveal About Watergate
June 12, 2012
The final dresses, in fuchsia with embroidery, appliqué, layering and all manner of technical wizardry were a Cinderella dream.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye
March 7, 2012
Mrs. Raymount was sitting at the fireside with her embroidery.Weighed and Wanting
When that was finished, the three superb pieces of embroidery were put in their places.
When her embroidery gave her mind a moment's leisure, she was astonished not to see Felicien.
These were trimmed with embroidery, and came down to my brown kid boots.My Double Life
Clotilde shrugged her shoulders, without lifting her eyes from her embroidery.Doctor Pascal
- decorative needlework done usually on loosely woven cloth or canvas, often being a picture or pattern
- elaboration or exaggeration, esp in writing or reporting; embellishment
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Word Origin and History for embroidery
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