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.

Nearby words

  1. macpherson,
  2. macpherson strut,
  3. macpherson, james,
  4. macquarie,
  5. macrame,
  6. macready,
  7. macready, william charles,
  8. macrencephaly,
  9. macro,
  10. macro lens

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

British Dictionary definitions for macramed


/ (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

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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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