1. To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.
2. To make by means of needlework: embroider a design on a bedspread.
3. To add embellishments or fanciful details to: embroider the truth.
1. To make needlework.
2. To add embellishments or fanciful details.
[Middle English embrouderen, partly from embrouden (from brouden, broiden, braided, embroidered, from Old English brogden, past participle of bregdan, to weave; see braid) and partly from Old French embroder (en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + broder, brosder, to embroiderof Germanic origin).]