[ em-broi-duh-ree, -dree ]
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noun,plural em·broi·der·ies.
  1. the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle.

  2. embroidered work or ornamentation.

  1. elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.

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Origin of embroidery

1350–1400; Middle English embrouderie needlework on cloth <Middle French embroud(er) + Middle English -erie-ery; oi from embroider

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British Dictionary definitions for embroidery


/ (ɪmˈbrɔɪdərɪ) /

nounplural -deries
  1. decorative needlework done usually on loosely woven cloth or canvas, often being a picture or pattern

  2. elaboration or exaggeration, esp in writing or reporting; embellishment

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