or mac·ra·me

[ mak-ruh-mey ]
/ ˈmæk rəˌmeɪ /


an elaborately patterned lacelike webbing made of hand-knotted cord, yarn, or the like, and used for wall decorations, hanging baskets, garments, accessories, etc.
the technique or art of producing macramé.

verb (used with object), mac·ra·méd or mac·ra·méed, mac·ra·mé·ing.

to make or produce using macramé: to macramé a wall hanging.

Origin of macramé

1865–70; < French < Italian macramè kind of fringe on hand towels < Turkish makrama napkin, face towel < Arabic miqrama embroidered coverlet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for macrame

  • Even that macrame, which seems to me more difficult than all the other things I have mentioned, you have entirely mastered.

    Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for macrame


/ (məˈkrɑːmɪ) /


a type of ornamental work made by knotting and weaving coarse thread into a pattern

Word Origin for macramé

C19: via French and Italian from Turkish makrama towel, from Arabic migramah striped cloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for macrame



1869, from French macramé, from Turkish maqrama "towel, napkin," from Arabic miqramah "embroidered veil."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper