embroider
verb (embroidered; embroidering) Etymology: alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to ornament with needlework b. to form with needlework 2. to elaborate on ; embellish <
embroider a story
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intransitive verb 1. to make embroidery 2. to provide embellishments ; elaborateembroiderer noun

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  • Embroider — Em*broid er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embroidered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embroidering}.] [OE. embrouden. See {Broider}.] To ornament with needlework; as, to embroider a scarf. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen. Ex. xxviii. 39.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embroider — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo French enbrouder, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + broisder embroider, from Frankish *brozdon, from P.Gmc. *bruzdajanan. Spelling with oi is from c.1600, perhaps by influence of broiden, irregular alternative Middle… …   Etymology dictionary

  • embroider — [v1] add fancy stitching, adornment beautify, bedeck, braid, color, cross stitch, deck, decorate, embellish, fix up, garnish, gild, gussy up*, knit, ornament, pattern, quilt, spruce up*, stitch, weave pattern, work; concepts 177,218 embroider… …   New thesaurus

  • embroider — index camouflage, cloak, clothe, embellish, falsify, invent (falsify), misrepresent, slant …   Law dictionary

  • embroider — ► VERB 1) sew decorative needlework patterns on. 2) add fictitious or exaggerated details to. DERIVATIVES embroiderer noun. ORIGIN Old French enbrouder …   English terms dictionary

  • embroider — [em broi′dər, imbroi′dər] vt. [ME embrouderen < OFr embroder: see EN 1 & BROIDER] 1. to ornament (fabric) with a design in needlework 2. to make (a design, etc.) on fabric with needlework 3. to embellish (an account or report); add fanciful… …   English World dictionary

  • embroider — em|broi|der [ımˈbrɔıdə US ər] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: enbrouder, from Old French brouder to embroider ] 1.) [I and T] to decorate cloth by sewing a pattern, picture, or words on it with coloured threads embroider sth with sth… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • embroider — [[t]ɪmbrɔ͟ɪdə(r)[/t]] embroiders, embroidering, embroidered 1) VERB If something such as clothing or cloth is embroidered with a design, the design is stitched into it. [be V ed with/in n] The collar was embroidered with very small red… …   English dictionary

  • embroider — UK [ɪmˈbrɔɪdə(r)] / US [ɪmˈbrɔɪdər] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms embroider : present tense I/you/we/they embroider he/she/it embroiders present participle embroidering past tense embroidered past participle embroidered 1) to decorate …   English dictionary

  • embroider — verb ADVERB ▪ beautifully, delicately, exquisitely, finely ▪ elaborately ▪ heavily, richly ▪ a robe of richl …   Collocations dictionary

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