crewel

[ kroo-uh l ]
/ ˈkru əl /

noun

Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.

Nearby words

  1. crew cut,
  2. crew neck,
  3. crew sock,
  4. crewe,
  5. crewed,
  6. crewelwork,
  7. crewman,
  8. crewmate,
  9. crewneck,
  10. creüsa

Origin of crewel

First recorded in 1485–95; earlier crule; origin uncertain

Related formscrew·el·ist, crew·el·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for crewel

crewel

/ (ˈkruːɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for crewel

C15: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for crewel

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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