[ need-l-point ]
/ ˈnid lˌpɔɪnt /


embroidery upon canvas, usually with uniform spacing of stitches in a pattern.


done or executed in needlepoint: a needlepoint cushion.
noting a lace (needlepoint lace) in which a needle works out the design upon parchment or paper.

verb (used with or without object)

to execute or create in needlepoint: to needlepoint an evening bag; to needlepoint as a hobby.

Nearby words

  1. needle-holder,
  2. needlecord,
  3. needlecraft,
  4. needlefish,
  5. needleful,
  6. needles,
  7. needless,
  8. needless to say,
  9. needlessly,
  10. needlestick

Origin of needlepoint

First recorded in 1690–1700; needle + point

Related formsnee·dle·point·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for needlepoint


/ (ˈniːdəlˌpɔɪnt) /


embroidery done on canvas with the same stitch throughout so as to resemble tapestry
another name for point lace
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Word Origin and History for needlepoint



"point of a needle," c.1700; "point lace made with the needle," 1865, from needle (n.) + point (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper