- To embroider is defined as to decorate fabric using a needle and thread.
An example of embroider is to add a border of flowers on a handkerchief using brightly colored thread.
Materials used to embroider a peice of fabric.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to ornament (fabric) with a design in needlework
- to make (a design, etc.) on fabric with needlework
- to embellish (an account or report); add fanciful details to; exaggerate
Origin: Middle English embrouderen ; from Old French embroder: see en- and amp; broider
- to do embroidery
- to exaggerate
- embroiderer noun
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verb em·broi·dered, em·broi·der·ing, em·broi·ders verb, transitive
- To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.
- To make by means of needlework: embroider a design on a bedspread.
- To add embellishments or fanciful details to: embroider the truth.
- To make needlework.
- To add embellishments or fanciful details.
Origin: Middle English embrouderen, partly from embrouden (from brouden, broiden, braided, embroidered, from Old English brogden, past participle of bregdan, to weave; see braid) and partly from Old French embroder (en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + broder, brosder, to embroider of Germanic origin).
- em·broiˈder·er noun