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crewel

[kroo-uh l]
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noun
  1. Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.
  2. crewelwork.
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Origin of crewel

First recorded in 1485–95; earlier crule; origin uncertain
Related formscrew·el·ist, crew·el·er, noun
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Related Words for crewel

lace, decoration, tapestry, brocade, needlepoint, quilting, adornment, needlework, sampler, tracery, bargello, arabesque, crochet, tatting, cross-stitch, crewel

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Historical Examples of crewel

  • The stitches just described were largely used in crewel work.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

    Grace Christie

  • In point of furnishing it had not yet reached the "God bless our Home" stage in crewel.

    On Horseback

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • As a matter of fact, the work is not tapestry at all, but crewel work.

    Normandy

    G. E. Mitton

  • E 'it the onoffending turf a crewel blow, and there was a narsty crack. '

  • For 'arf the rarnd it stood the crewel strane and then it didn't break.


British Dictionary definitions for crewel

crewel

noun
  1. a loosely twisted worsted yarn, used in fancy work and embroidery
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Derived Formscrewelist, nouncrewelwork, noun

Word Origin for crewel

C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for crewel

n.

embroidery, 1590s, of unknown origin. Earliest usage is late 15c., as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn originally used in crewel work.

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