- ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.
- work so formed.
- a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface.
- to apply as appliqué to.
Origin of appliqué
1835–45; < French: applied, fastened to, past participle of appliquer to apply
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Examples from the Web for applique
In braid work and applique, only one stitch must be taken at a time, or else the work will appear puckered.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
Like the bead work, the embroidery and applique found on many garments are added "to make pretty."The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao
In the end they decided upon a white satin ground with an applique border of some conventional floral pattern.The Girls of St. Cyprian's
It makes an attractive finish for a hem line and also for finishing the edge in applique.Handicraft for Girls
- a decoration or trimming of one material sewn or otherwise fixed onto another
- the practice of decorating in this way
- (tr) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué
C18: from French, literally: applied
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Word Origin and History for applique
1841, from French appliqué "work applied or laid on another material," noun use of past participle of appliquer "to apply" (12c.), from Latin applicare (see apply).
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