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  1. embroidery upon canvas, usually with uniform spacing of stitches in a pattern.
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  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.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to execute or create in needlepoint: to needlepoint an evening bag; to needlepoint as a hobby.
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Origin of needlepoint

First recorded in 1690–1700; needle + point
Related formsnee·dle·point·er, noun
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Related Words for needlepoint

lace, decoration, tapestry, brocade, needlepoint, quilting, adornment, needlework, sampler, tracery, bargello, arabesque, crochet, tatting, cross-stitch, crewel

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British Dictionary definitions for needlepoint


  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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Word Origin and History for needlepoint


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

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