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[kraws-stich, kros-]
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  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.
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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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cross-stitch

lace, decoration, tapestry, brocade, needlepoint, quilting, bedeck, knit, decorate, embellish, stitch, adornment, needlework, sampler, tracery, bargello, arabesque, crochet, tatting, cross-stitch

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Historical Examples of cross-stitch

  • The cross-stitch "tidy" on the back was his mother's handiwork, she had made it when she was fifteen.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Cross-stitch it in a shade darker than the gingham or in white or red.

  • The stitch used for the samplers was usually the cross-stitch (Fig. 87).

  • The Commandments, which the wreath enframes, are worked in cross-stitch.

  • The leaves and cover may be sewed together with a cross-stitch.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-stitch


  1. an embroidery stitch made by two stitches forming a cross
  2. embroidery worked with this stitch
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  1. to embroider (a piece of needlework) with cross-stitch
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Word Origin and History for cross-stitch


1710, from cross (adj.) + stitch (v.). As a verb from 1794.

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