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From Middle English embroudren, frequentative of embrouden, from Anglo-Norman embrouder, intensive of brosder, brouder (compare Norman broudaïr), from Gothic *𐌱𐍂𐌿𐌶𐌳𐍉𐌽 (*bruzdōn), blend of *bursta (“bristle”) and *brordōn (“to stitch”) (compare Old High German brortōn). More at bristle and brad.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪdɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪdə/
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- Rhymes: -ɔɪdə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: em‧broi‧der
embroider (third-person singular simple present embroiders, present participle embroidering, simple past and past participle embroidered)
- To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours.
- (figuratively) To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.
to stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread
to add imaginary detail to a narrative
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- embroider in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- embroider in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- embroider at OneLook Dictionary Search
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