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or broc·a·telle

[ brok-uh-tel, broh-kuh- ]
/ ˌbrɒk əˈtɛl, ˌbroʊ kə- /


a brocade in which the design is woven in high relief.
an ornamental marble with variegated coloring, found especially in Italy and Spain.

Nearby words

broca, broca's aphasia, broca's area, broca, paul, brocade, brocatel, brocatelle, broccoli, broccoli rabe, broccolini, broch

Origin of brocatel

1660–70; < French brocatelle, late Middle French brocatel < Italian broccatello, equivalent to broccat(o) (see brocade) + -ello diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brocatelle

  • She brought us one of her corsets to look at, a love of a corset, in brocatelle, all over many-colored flowers.

    Jacqueline, Complete|(Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • The partitions were hidden under rich tapestries of poppy-coloured Venetian brocatelle with handsome designs in green and gold.

British Dictionary definitions for brocatelle


US brocatel

/ (ˌbrɒkəˈtɛl) /


a heavy brocade with the design in deep relief, used chiefly in upholstery
a type of variegated marble from France and Italy

Word Origin for brocatelle

C17: from French, from Italian broccatello, diminutive of broccato brocade
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