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Topic: SEWING AND KNITTING

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: enbrouder, from Old French brouder 'to embroider'

embroider

verb
     
em‧broi‧der
1DLH [intransitive and transitive] to decorate cloth by sewing a pattern, picture, or words on it with coloured threads
embroider something with something
The dress was embroidered with flowers.
embroider something on something
A colourful design was embroidered on the sleeve of the shirt.
a richly embroidered jacket
2 [transitive] to make a story or report of events more interesting or exciting by adding details that are not true [= embellish]
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