Is "macrames" a correct plural form of "macrame" in English? I am seeing "macrame" being used in various places, but if I want to give two items to my friend, am I giving them "two macrame" or "two macrames"?


According to the Cambridge Dictionary

macramé noun [ U ]

the art of joining pieces of string together in knots to form a decorative pattern, or something made this way

The [U] stands for uncountable

Uncountable or singular noun: a noun that has no plural.

So if you want to give your friend two items, I think that the correct way of saying it is: two pieces of macramé.

  • Thank you for your response. I also found the following definition: Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques. Wiktionary presents it as a countable and uncountable noun (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/macrame). – Wojtek Zeglin Oct 22 '18 at 12:45
  • @WojtekZeglin Oxford Dictionary classifies it as a mass noun (uncountable) too. It depends on what reference you trust most. – RubioRic Oct 22 '18 at 12:50
  • @WojtekZeglin - It's not uncommon to find a word that's listed as countable in one dictionary, but countable and uncountable in another, especially when a random plural form is rarely used. (See, e.g., the entry for equipment in Macmillan and Wiktionary.) As a footnote, research like what you wrote here belongs in your question, not in comments beneath the answers to your question. – J.R. Oct 22 '18 at 15:37
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    macrame refers to the manner of creation like "knitting" or "tie-dye". She showed him a piece of macrame her mother had done. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 22 '18 at 15:47
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    Art forms per se are not typically pluralized. We wouldn't say "She showed them her knittings" but "... her knitting" or "her pieces of knitting". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 22 '18 at 16:20

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