verb (used with object), bro·cad·ed, bro·cad·ing.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for brocaded

Historical Examples of brocaded

  • 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.


    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.



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
  1. (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 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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