[ broi-der ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to embroider.

Origin of broider

1400–50; late Middle English, variant of browder, Middle English broide(n), browde(n) (past participle, taken as infinitive of braid) + -er6

Other words from broider

  • broi·der·er, noun
  • broi·der·y, noun

Words Nearby broider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use broider in a sentence

  • And I cannot broider altar-cloths and I will not try—but I can shoot with any man at the flying mark.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Gray mosses broider it where the sun lies, and dark green where the water drips.

    Minstrel Weather | Marian Storm
  • But I am sure the woman who can broider like this, is clever enough to make a row of harebells and ferns!

    Earl Hubert's Daughter | Emily Sarah Holt
  • I am the handmaid of the earth, I broider fair her glorious gown, And deck her on her days of mirth With many a garland of renown.

    Poems by the Way | William Morris
  • I'll broider with my spray Stone bridge and granite quay, And bear great ships away Unto the long wide sea.

British Dictionary definitions for broider


/ (ˈbrɔɪdə) /

  1. (tr) an archaic word for embroider

Origin of broider

C15: from Old French brosder, of Germanic origin; see embroider

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