[ em-broi-der ]
/ ɛmˈbrɔɪ dər /

verb (used with object)

to decorate with ornamental needlework.
to produce or form in needlework.
to adorn or embellish rhetorically, especially with ornate language or fictitious details: He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.

verb (used without object)

to do embroidery.
to add embellishments; exaggerate (often followed by on or upon).

Origin of embroider

1350–1400; em-1 + broider; replacing Middle English embroderen, frequentative of embroden < Middle French embro(u)der, equivalent to em- em-1 + Old French brosder, derivative of brosd < Germanic (see brad)


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British Dictionary definitions for embroidered

/ (ɪmˈbrɔɪdə) /


to do decorative needlework (upon)
to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)

Derived forms of embroider

embroiderer, noun

Word Origin for embroider

C15: from Old French embroder; see em- en- 1, broider
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