Brussels lace
Brussels Brus"sels, n. A city of Belgium, giving its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of lace, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Brussels carpet}, a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The worsted, which alone shows on the upper surface in drawn up in loops to form the pattern.

{Brussels ground}, a name given to the handmade ground of real Brussels lace. It is very costly because of the extreme fineness of the threads.

{Brussels lace}, an expensive kind of lace of several varieties, originally made in Brussels; as, Brussels point, Brussels ground, Brussels wire ground.

{Brussels net}, an imitation of Brussels ground, made by machinery.

{Brussels point}. See {Point lace}.

{Brussels sprouts} (Bot.), a plant of the Cabbage family, which produces, in the axils of the upright stem, numerous small green heads, or ``sprouts,'' each a cabbage in miniature, of one or two inches in diameter; the thousand-headed cabbage.

{Brussels wire ground}, a ground for lace, made of silk, with meshes partly straight and partly arched. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Brussels lace — is a type of pillow lace that originated in and around Brussels. Brussels. The Oxford English Dictionary . 2nd ed. 1989.] The term Brussels lace has been broadly used for any lace from Brussels, however the term strictly interpreted refers to… …   Wikipedia

  • Brussels lace — Lace Lace (l[=a]s), n. [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet, fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice. Cf. {Delight}, {Elicit}, {Lasso}, {Latchet}.] 1. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brussels lace — n. [after BRUSSELS, where orig. made] 1. Historical a bobbin or needlepoint lace with a raised design 2. a machine made lace with an appliquéd design …   English World dictionary

  • Brussels lace — 1. a fine handmade lace in a floral pattern outlined with raised cordonnet, originally made in the area of Brussels. 2. a modern machine made net lace on which floral designs are appliquéd. [1740 50] * * *  lace made in Brussels from the second… …   Universalium

  • Brussels lace — Brus′sels lace′ n. 1) tex a fine handmade lace in a floral pattern outlined with raised cordonnet, orig. made in the area of Brussels 2) tex a modern machine made lace with appliquéd floral designs • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Brussels lace — variety of lace which is manufactured in Brussels …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brussels lace — /brʌsəlz ˈleɪs/ (say brusuhlz lays) noun any of various types of hand made lace both needle point and bobbin, produced in various parts of Belgium, notably in the 19th century; often with raised or appliqué design {originally from Brussels} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Brussels lace — noun an elaborate kind of lace, typically with a raised design …   English new terms dictionary

  • Brussels lace — n. an elaborate needlepoint or pillow lace …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brussels lace — noun Date: 1732 1. any of various fine needlepoint or bobbin laces with floral designs made originally in or near Brussels 2. a machine made net of hexagonal mesh …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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