[ kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee ]
/ kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi /


needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.

verb (used with or without object), cro·cheted [kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/, cro·chet·ing [kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/.

to form by crochet.

Nearby words

  1. croc,
  2. croce,
  3. croce, benedetto,
  4. crocein,
  5. croceine,
  6. crochet hook,
  7. crochet work,
  8. crocheter,
  9. crochetwork,
  10. crocidolite

Origin of crochet

1840–50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et

Related formscro·chet·er [kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/, nounwell-cro·cheted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crochet


/ (ˈkrəʊʃeɪ, -ʃɪ) /

verb -chets (-ʃeɪz, -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ, -ʃɪɪŋ) or -cheted (-ʃeɪd, -ʃɪd)

to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)


work made by crocheting
architect another name for crocket
zoology a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
Derived Formscrocheter, noun

Word Origin for crochet

C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin

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