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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broidery

Historical Examples of broidery

  • You thought I took counsel of velvet, and solaced myself with broidery!

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    Emily Sarah Holt

  • And these wreaths of broidery were by our ancestors called clocks.

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    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • For the rest, she played with her maidens the live-long day, or took her broidery frame, plying the needle and long silken thread.

  • If I would not as lief as forty shillings have done with broidery and peltry, then the moon is made of green cheese.

  • She was clad in a simple woollen gown, without lace or broidery, her only ornament a silver bracelet.

British Dictionary definitions for broidery


  1. (tr) an archaic word for embroider

Word Origin for broider

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