I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.[as modifier] • appliqué table linen.
II. verb — [with obj.] (usu. be appliquéd with) 1. sew or stick pieces of fabric on to (a garment or larger piece of fabric) to form pictures or patterns • the coat is appliquéd with exotic-looking cloth
• (as adj. appliquéd)
19th-century appliquéd silks.
– origin mid 18th cent.: from French, past participle of appliquer ‘apply’, from Latin applicare (see apply).