the art, process, or product of working with a needle, especially in embroidery, needlepoint, tapestry, quilting, and appliqué.
the occupation or employment of a person skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, etc.

Nearby words

  1. needless,
  2. needless to say,
  3. needlessly,
  4. needlestick,
  5. needlewoman,
  6. needling,
  7. needn't,
  8. needs,
  9. needs test,
  10. needways

Origin of needlework

First recorded in 1350–1400, needlework is from the Middle English word nedle werk. See needle, work

Also called needlecraft, stitchery. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for needlework



work done with a needle, esp sewing and embroidery
the result of such work
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Word Origin and History for needlework



"sewing, embroidery, etc.," late 14c., from needle (n.) + work (n.).

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