fabric woven with an elaborate design, especially one having a raised overall pattern.

verb (used with object), bro·cad·ed, bro·cad·ing.

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 formsun·bro·cad·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a rich fabric woven with a raised design, often using gold or silver threads
  2. (as modifier)brocade curtains


(tr) to weave with such a design

Word Origin for brocade

C17: from Spanish brocado, from Italian broccato embossed fabric, from brocco spike, from Latin brochus projecting; see broach 1
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Word Origin and History 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.

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