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English definition of “embroidery”

embroidery

noun uk   /ɪmˈbrɔɪ.dər.i/ us    /-dɚ-/

embroidery noun (SEWING)

[C or U] patterns or pictures that consist of stitches sewn directly onto cloth: Let me show you Pat's embroideries. It was a beautiful piece of embroidery.Knitting and sewing [U] the activity of decorating a piece of cloth with stitches sewn onto it: I'm not very good at embroidery.Knitting and sewing

embroidery noun (STORY)

[U] the way that someone makes a story more entertaining by adding imaginary details to it: comic embroideryMaking things betterBecoming better
(Definition of embroidery from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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