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  1. ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.
  2. work so formed.
  3. a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface.
verb (used with object), ap·pli·quéd, ap·pli·qué·ing.
  1. to apply as appliqué to.

Origin of appliqué

1835–45; < French: applied, fastened to, past participle of appliquer to apply Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for applique


  1. a decoration or trimming of one material sewn or otherwise fixed onto another
  2. the practice of decorating in this way
verb -qués, -quéing or -quéd
  1. (tr) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué

Word Origin for 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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