embroidery
noun (plural -deries) Date: 14th century 1. a. the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework b. a design or decoration formed by or as if by embroidery c. an object decorated with embroidery 2. elaboration by use of decorative and often fictitious detail 3. something pleasing or desirable but unimportant <
considered the humanities mere educational embroidery
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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • embroidery — late 14c., embrouderie art of embroidering; see EMBROIDER (Cf. embroider) + Y (Cf. y) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • embroidery — [n] fancy stitching adornment, appliqué, arabesque, bargello, brocade, crewel, crochet, cross stitch, decoration, lace, lacery, needlepoint, needlework, quilting, sampler, tapestry, tatting, tracery; concepts 218,259 …   New thesaurus

  • embroidery — ► NOUN (pl. embroideries) 1) the art or pastime of embroidering. 2) embroidered cloth …   English terms dictionary

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  • embroidery — /em broy deuh ree, dree/, n., pl. embroideries. 1. the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle. 2. embroidered work or… …   Universalium

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