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 brocaded (audio) \ adjective

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Meghan chose a beautiful metallic brocade dress for the occasion, paired with a cream coat, rose gold clutch, and nude heels. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Stunning Metallic Brocade Dress to Prince Charles's Investiture 50th Anniversary," 5 Mar. 2019 To debut her new hair, Kylie opted for a head-to-toe Alexander Wang look in a luxe brocade print red mini dress with skinny cami straps. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Has Dramatically Changed Once Again," 20 Aug. 2018 While Jenner's exact bag is currently unavailable, the same style in a black brocade is available to pre-order right now. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Literally Looks Like an Angel in This Tiny Magda Butrym Dress," 23 Dec. 2018 Silk tufted fabric and ornate detailing make for a pretty specific design aesthetic—bring on the brocade tapestries? Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Is This Design Worth Saving?," 23 Apr. 2014 The model was seen running errands in New York City wearing nothing but a floral brocade blazer. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Wore Nothing But a Blazer in New York City," 10 Oct. 2018 Betty ditched the sequins and went for a more classic look, opting for a gorgeous blue brocade dress featuring some pretty cherry blossoms. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 At Maison Margiela, John Galliano cast models of all genders in his corseted brocade dresses and roomy, bold suiting. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 Textile as Art in midtown Manhattan is focused primarily on European brocades and embroidery from Asia (36 E. 31st St., 3rd floor, NYC, 212-447-0069; Zoe Settle, ELLE Decor, "Top Sources for Vintage Textiles," 15 May 2011

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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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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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