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[broh-keyd] /broʊˈkeɪd/
fabric woven with an elaborate design, especially one having a raised overall pattern.
verb (used with object), brocaded, brocading.
to weave with a raised design or figure.
Origin of brocade
1555-65; earlier brocado < Spanish < Italian broccato embossed (fabric), past participle of broccare, derivative of brocco twisted thread, shoot < Late Latin; see broach
Related forms
unbrocaded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for brocaded
Historical Examples
  • On his head he wore a scarlet bonnet, brocaded in gold with figures of animals.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • He is nigh ragged, and takes it to heart that I should go in brocaded satin.

  • She was glad she was wearing her best pink mull with the brocaded sash.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • But the soil on the brocaded folds of her white dress was no longer that of mud only.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
  • She left him on a brocaded sofa, shut the door and went away.

    Candide Voltaire
  • The swish of her brocaded spreading skirt was loud and sensuous.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • A triple veil of brocaded fabric was to be hung in front of this door.

    Temple Trouble Henry Beam Piper
  • Ellen, beautiful in an empire gown, golden yellow, brocaded satin.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • A mantle of silk tissue, brocaded in silver crescents, fell from his shoulders, and on his head was a scarlet brocaded cap.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • The divan would have honored a palace, and Willie's pajamas were of silk, and his bathrobe was of brocaded silk.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for brocaded


  1. a rich fabric woven with a raised design, often using gold or silver threads
  2. (as modifier): brocade curtains
(transitive) to weave with such a design
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish brocado, from Italian broccato embossed fabric, from brocco spike, from Latin brochus projecting; see broach1
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Word Origin and History for brocaded



1560s, from Spanish brocado, from Italian broccato "embossed cloth," originally past participle of broccare "to stud, set with nails," from brocco "small nail," from Latin broccus "projecting, pointed" (see broach (n.)).



1650s (implied in brocaded), from brocade (n.). Related: Brocading.

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