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verb (used with object)
  1. to embroider.
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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
Related formsbroi·der·er, nounbroi·der·y, noun
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Examples from the Web for broider

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for broider


  1. (tr) an archaic word for embroider
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Word Origin

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