or broc·a·telle

[brok-uh-tel, broh-kuh-]


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

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

Historical Examples of brocatelle

  • The partitions were hidden under rich tapestries of poppy-coloured Venetian brocatelle with handsome designs in green and gold.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for brocatelle


US brocatel


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012