- fabric woven with an elaborate design, especially one having a raised overall pattern.
- to weave with a raised design or figure.
Origin of brocade
Related Words for brocadelace, decoration, tapestry, brocade, needlepoint, quilting, adornment, needlework, sampler, tracery, bargello, arabesque, crochet, tatting, cross-stitch, crewel
Examples from the Web for brocade
Contemporary Examples of brocade
Mrs. Obama was there in her Bordeaux-colored, brocade Michael Kors dress.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning
November 7, 2012
Historical Examples of brocade
Tis a brocade that for best preservation must not be hung always in the sun.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
The Master said, Feeding on rice, clad in brocade, couldst thou be at rest?The Sayings Of Confucius
He must lay aside his violin; he must put on his brocade coat and his lace ruffles.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
On the wall hung Mrs. Hoffman's brocade shawl and Sunday hat.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
The great throne-room was ornamented with enormous columns of silver, between which were hangings of rich silk or brocade.
- a rich fabric woven with a raised design, often using gold or silver threads
- (as modifier)brocade curtains
- (tr) to weave with such a design
Word Origin for brocade
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.