Embroidery Em*broid"er*y, n.; pl. {Embroideries}. 1. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering. [1913 Webster]

2. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration. [1913 Webster]

Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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