Brocade Bro*cade", n. [Sp. brocado (cf. It. broccato, F. brocart), fr. LL. brocare *prick, to figure (textile fabrics), to emboss (linen), to stitch. See {Broach}.] Silk stuff, woven with gold and silver threads, or ornamented with raised flowers, foliage, etc.; -- also applied to other stuffs thus wrought and enriched. [1913 Webster]

A gala suit of faded brocade. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

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