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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.
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verb (used with object), ap·pli·quéd, ap·pli·qué·ing.
  1. to apply as appliqué to.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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."

  • In the end they decided upon a white satin ground with an applique border of some conventional floral pattern.

  • It makes an attractive finish for a hem line and also for finishing the edge in applique.

    Handicraft for Girls

    Idabelle McGlauflin

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
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verb -qués, -quéing or -quéd
  1. (tr) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué
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Word Origin

C18: from French, literally: applied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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