Definition of brocade
1 : a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver
2 : a fabric characterized by raised designs
Recent Examples of brocade from the Web
Block heel booties in a rusty brown hue, brocade ballet flats and velvet pumps are all fabulous footwear styles to rock this fall.
Jacket: CO floral brocade zip bomber jacket, $585, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.
The signature Saab silhouette — floor length and cinched-waisted — was given an historic twist with the display’s thick velvets, bands of fur, and intricate golden brocades.
All those men in brocade, arguing in the heat of a Philadelphia summer.
Brocade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The situation is somewhat ironic: the heart of the computer, which itself is the symbol of mechanization, is made by the age-old kind of labor that produced brocades and carpets.
Counter to these are heavily embellished garments that use red vinyl, black pearls, brocade lamé, and sequins.
The room is a ravishment of red brocade, its gleaming surfaces bathed in dim candlelight and slowly lengthening shadows that the cinematographer Jonathan Ricquebourg captures in exquisitely shot digital images.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1588See Words from the same year
BROCADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brocade for English Language Learners
: a cloth with a raised design in gold or silver thread
BROCADE Defined for Kids
Definition of brocade for Students
: a cloth with a raised design woven into it
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