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

Origin of cross-stitch

First recorded in 1700–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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Word Origin and History for cross-stitch

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

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