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  • crewel — embroidery, 1590s, of unknown origin. Earliest usage is late 15c., as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn originally used in crewel work …   Etymology dictionary

  • Crewel — Crew el (kr[udd] [e^]l), n. [Perh. for clewel, dim. of clew a ball of thread; or cf. D. krul curl, E. curl. [root]26.] Worsted yarn,, slackly twisted, used for embroidery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crewel — [kro͞o′əl] n. [LME crule < ?] 1. a fine, less tightly twisted kind of worsted yarn used in embroidery 2. CREWELWORK …   English World dictionary

  • crewel — n. a thin worsted yarn used for tapestry and embroidery. Phrases and idioms: crewel work a design worked in crewel on linen or cloth. Etymology: ME crule etc., of unkn. orig …   Useful english dictionary

  • crewel — crewelist, creweler, n. /krooh euhl/, n. 1. Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging. 2. crewelwork. [1485 95; earlier crule; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • crewel —   n. thin embroidery worsted.    ♦ crewel needle, n. long needle used in embroidery;    ♦ crewelwork, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • crewel — noun Etymology: Middle English crule Date: 15th century 1. slackly twisted worsted yarn used for embroidery 2. crewelwork …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crewel — noun Worsted yarn, slackly twisted, used for embroidery …   Wiktionary

  • crewel — cruel …   American English homophones

  • crewel — n. spun yarn, woven yarn …   English contemporary dictionary

  • crewel — [ kru:əl] noun a thin, loosely twisted worsted yarn used for tapestry and embroidery. Origin C15: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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