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ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.
work so formed.
a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface.
to apply as appliqué to.
Historical Examples

“Cut-work” is embroidery that is cut out and appliqued, or sewed on another material.
The Art of Interior Decoration Grace Wood

The grand sorcerer wore a robe of moss-green velvet embroidered with appliqued white silk lace, resembling lotus bloom.
The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw

Sometimes designs are appliqued on with some regard for coloring.
Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle

a decoration or trimming of one material sewn or otherwise fixed onto another
the practice of decorating in this way
verb -qués, -quéing, -quéd
(transitive) to sew or fix (a decoration) on as an appliqué

1841, from French appliqué “work applied or laid on another material,” noun use of past participle of appliquer “to apply” (12c.), from Latin applicare (see apply).


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