bro·​cade | \ brō-ˈkād How to pronounce brocade (audio) \

Definition of brocade

1 : a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver
2 : a fabric characterized by raised designs

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Other Words from brocade

brocade transitive verb
brocaded \ brō-​ˈkā-​dəd How to pronounce brocade (audio) \ adjective

Examples of brocade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s enough fabric to make five slouchy wool suits in orange checks, for instance, while whoever snags the Cydney, a voluminous shirtdress in forest green brocade, will be the only person to own it. Roxanne Fequiere, Vogue, "The Designer Crafting ’40s-Inspired Clothes from High-End Castoffs," 15 Jan. 2021 The bride had on a gold brocade dress from H&M's Conscious collection of sustainable designs. New York Times, "An Imprint Neither Could Forget," 16 Dec. 2020 On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tessa Thompson continued her digital press tour for Sylvie’s Love in a funkadelic Moschino look made of ombré brocade. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Chose Fashion with Personality," 23 Nov. 2020 Mongol leaders greeted visitors in enormous white felt tents lined with their favorite cloth, a brocade made with gold threads. Virginia Postrel, WSJ, "The World-Changing Technology of Textiles," 23 Oct. 2020 Staterooms are bright — with big picture windows, brocade fabric wall coverings, and lots of marble. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "Tour Italy on a New Cruise Ship That’s Like a Floating Venetian Palace," 25 Sep. 2020 The possibilities are endless: Stella McCartney showed shaggy, vegan coats in neutral shades; floor-length wrap coats stole the spotlight at Miu Miu; and Marni offered a number of colourful brocade delights. Truc Nguyen,, "5 Fashion Trends That Might Get You Out Of Sweats This Fall," 24 Aug. 2020 The bridegroom chose a semi-matching outfit of black brocade lined with crimson silk, and a cap topped with a brooch that his new wife had given him, featuring a unicorn and a cherub. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 Not the pastry dresses anyway (the brocade jean jackets and shepherdess pedal pushers maybe). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Let Them Wear Cake," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brocade

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brocade

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

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The first known use of brocade was in 1588

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22 Jan 2021

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“Brocade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brocade

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


bro·​cade | \ brō-ˈkād How to pronounce brocade (audio) \

Kids Definition of brocade

: a cloth with a raised design woven into it

Other Words from brocade

brocaded adjective

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