[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee]


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.

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

Examples from the Web for crochet

Contemporary Examples of crochet

Historical Examples of crochet

  • They're quite well off and all her towels had crochet lace at the ends.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • They are applied to crochet as well as to the other descriptions of work named.

  • Repeat these stripes as many times as are requisite, and crochet up the sides.

  • So she took her workbag off the bed, and brought out her crochet.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Anna took from the bench where she had been sitting the crochet in which she had been interrupted.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

British Dictionary definitions for crochet


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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Word Origin and History for crochet

1840, from French crochet (12c.), diminutive of croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). So called for the hooked needle used.


1858, from crochet (n.). Related: Crocheted; crocheting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper