Embroider meaning

ĕm-broidər
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.

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To add embellishments or fanciful details.
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To ornament with needlework.

Embroider a pillow cover.

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To ornament (fabric) with a design using special decorative stitches.
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To make (a design, etc.) on fabric with such stitches.
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To embellish (an account or report); add fanciful details to; exaggerate.
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To do embroidery.
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To exaggerate.
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To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours.
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(figuratively) To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.
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To make by means of needlework.

Embroider a design on a bedspread.

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To add embellishments or fanciful details to.

Embroider the truth.

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To make needlework.
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Origin of embroider

  • Middle English embrouderen partly from embrouden (from brouden, broiden braided, embroidered) (from Old English brogden) (past participle of bregdan to weave braid) and partly from Old French embroder (en- intensive pref. en–1) (broder, brosder to embroider) (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English embroudren, frequentative of embrouden, from Anglo-Norman embrouder, intensive of brosder, brouder (compare Guernésiais broudaïr), from Old Dutch *brosdōn, blend of *bursta ‘bristle’ and *brordōn ‘to stitch’ (compare Old High German brortōn). More at bristle and brad.

    From Wiktionary