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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 appliqued

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes designs are appliqued on with some regard for coloring.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle

  • "Cut-work" is embroidery that is cut out and appliqued, or sewed on another material.

  • The grand sorcerer wore a robe of moss-green velvet embroidered with appliqued white silk lace, resembling lotus bloom.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar

    William R. Bradshaw

British Dictionary definitions for appliqued


  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
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Word Origin and History for appliqued



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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