• To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours.
  • To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.


  • From Middle English embroudren, frequentative of embrouden, from Anglo-Norman embrouder, intensive of brosder, brouder (compare Norman broudaïr), from Gothic *𐌱𐍂𐌿𐌶𐌳𐍉𐌽, blend of *bursta and *brordōn (compare Old High German brortōn). More at bristle and brad.

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