bro·​cade brō-ˈkād How to pronounce brocade (audio)
: a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver
: a fabric characterized by raised designs
brocade transitive verb
brocaded adjective

Examples of brocade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over 40 signature looks can also be made to measure with delivery in under four weeks, including mohair tuxes, brocade dinner jackets, and liquid-velvet smoking jackets, which all stood out on our walkthrough of the 1,000-square-foot shop, ahead of the grand opening. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2023 The No Time to Die star took her spot on Louis Vuitton’s frow wearing a pair of gold sequined trousers with a powder-pink satin bra, which was clearly visible beneath her open brocade shirt. Nuala Phillips, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2023 The production of brocade began in ancient China and the designs in the silk quickly became more intricate during the Renaissance. Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News, 8 May 2023 Then, the owner would retrieve it from storage (often an ornate cabinet), place it on a table, and, with some sense of ceremony, carefully untie the cords and brocade silk bindings to begin unfurling it. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Beyond that, a 30-foot-wide reception room spills out to a petite formal garden through four sets of French doors trimmed in rich brocade drapery. Mark David, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2023 Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton Wearing a blue Jane Troughton brocade coat, Kate chats with a friend at the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem (Hugh's son) and Alice Hadden-Paton. Haley Adams Raymond, Town & Country, 9 Aug. 2023 For dinner Hailey Bieber changed into a chic brocade minidress with a cutout detail at the neckline and racy side slits. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 20 July 2023 The romantic silhouettes’ mix of lithe chiffon sheaths with brocade coats inspired me to begin weaving florals in my day-to-day wardrobe. Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brocade was in 1588

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“Brocade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bro·​cade brō-ˈkād How to pronounce brocade (audio)
: a cloth with a raised design woven into it

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