verb (used with object)

to sew, bind, or decorate with a saddle stitch.

Nearby words

  1. saddle stitch,
  2. saddle stitching,
  3. saddle-backed,
  4. saddle-billed stork,
  5. saddle-sore,
  6. saddle-tree,
  7. saddleback,
  8. saddleback caterpillar,
  9. saddlebag,
  10. saddlebill

Origin of saddle-stitch

First recorded in 1930–35

Related formssad·dle-stitch·ing, noun

saddle stitch


  1. an overcasting stitch, especially one made with a strip of leather or a thick leatherlike cord.
  2. a spaced running stitch in contrasting or heavy thread, used mainly for decoration, usually along an edge.
Bookbinding. a binding stitch made by inserting a staple through the center of folded sheets from the back and clinching in the fold.

Origin of saddle stitch

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019