embroider[em bro̵i′dər, im-]
Materials used to embroider a peice of fabric.
An example of embroider is to add a border of flowers on a handkerchief using brightly colored thread.
- 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 of embroiderMiddle English embrouderen ; from Old French embroder: see en- and amp; broider
- to do embroidery
- to exaggerate
verbem·broi·dered, em·broi·der·ing, em·broi·ders
- 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 of embroiderMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present embroiders, present participle embroidering, simple past and past participle embroidered)