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