[ kraws-stich, kros- ]

  1. a stitch in which pairs of diagonal stitches of the same length cross each other in the middle to form an X.

  2. embroidery or needlepoint done with this stitch.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to work in cross-stitch.

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Origin of cross-stitch

First recorded in 1700–10

Words Nearby cross-stitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cross-stitch in a sentence

  • Divide the top of unhemmed edge of the garment in halves and mark with a cross stitch, notch or pin.

    Textiles and Clothing | Kate Heintz Watson

British Dictionary definitions for cross-stitch


  1. an embroidery stitch made by two stitches forming a cross

  2. embroidery worked with this stitch

  1. to embroider (a piece of needlework) with cross-stitch

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