[ need-l-point ]
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  1. embroidery upon canvas, usually with uniform spacing of stitches in a pattern.

  1. done or executed in needlepoint: a needlepoint cushion.

  2. noting a lace (needlepoint lace ) in which a needle works out the design upon parchment or paper.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to execute or create in needlepoint: to needlepoint an evening bag; to needlepoint as a hobby.

Origin of needlepoint

First recorded in1690–1700; needle + point

Other words from needlepoint

  • nee·dle·point·er, noun

Words Nearby needlepoint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use needlepoint in a sentence

  • In the upper corner are two strawberries, and in the lower a butterfly, with coloured wings, left free in needlepoint.

    English Embroidered Bookbindings | Cyril James Humphries Davenport

British Dictionary definitions for needlepoint


/ (ˈniːdəlˌpɔɪnt) /

  1. embroidery done on canvas with the same stitch throughout so as to resemble tapestry

  2. another name for point lace

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