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brocade

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noun bro·cade \brō-ˈkād\

Simple Definition of brocade

  • : a cloth with a raised design in gold or silver thread

Full Definition of brocade

  1. 1 :  a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver

  2. 2 :  a fabric characterized by raised designs

brocade transitive verb
bro·cad·ed adjective

Origin of brocade

Spanish brocado, from Catalan brocat, from Italian broccato, from broccare to spur, brocade, from brocco small nail, from Latin broccus projecting


First Known Use: 1588

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BROCADE Defined for Kids

brocade

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noun bro·cade \brō-ˈkād\

Definition of brocade

  1. :  a cloth with a raised design woven into it

bro·cad·ed adjective




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