[brak-tee-it, -eyt]
  1. a thin coin, struck only on one face, the pattern of which shows through on the reverse face.

Origin of bracteate

From the New Latin word bracteātus, dating back to 1835–45. See bract, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bracteate


  1. (of a plant) having bracts
  1. archaeol a fine decorated dish or plate of precious metal

Word Origin for bracteate

C19: from Latin bracteātus gold-plated; see bract
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