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From Middle French embrouderie, from embrouder + -erie.


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪdəɹi/


embroidery (countable and uncountable, plural embroideries)

  1. The ornamentation of fabric using needlework.
  2. A piece of embroidered fabric.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
  3. The elaboration of an account etc. with details, especially when fictitious.


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