- 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.
- 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
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- 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
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Word Origin and History for macramed
1869, from French macramé, from Turkish maqrama "towel, napkin," from Arabic miqramah "embroidered veil."
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