• WordNet 3.6
    • v brocade weave a design into (textiles)
    • n brocade thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brocade Silk stuff, woven with gold and silver threads, or ornamented with raised flowers, foliage, etc.; -- also applied to other stuffs thus wrought and enriched. "A gala suit of faded brocade ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brocade A silken fabric variegated with gold and silver, or having raised flowers, foliage, and other ornaments: also applied to other stuffs wrought and enriched in like manner.
    • n brocade A kind of bronze-powder used for decorating.
    • brocade To weave with a pattern in relief, for the ornamentation and enrichment of the fabric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brocade brok-ād′ a silk stuff on which figures are wrought
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. brocado,cf. It. broccato, F. brocart,), fr. LL. brocare, *prick, to figure (textile fabrics), to emboss (linen), to stitch. See Broach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. broccato, Fr. brocart, from It. broccare, Fr. brocher, to prick, stitch; from root of Broach.


In literature:

I had some splendid silk brocade, which I gave him.
"General Gordon Saint and Soldier" by J. Wardle
There were shopkeepers, too, there were boatmen and Indians, and some of the quality with their wives in satin and lace and gay brocades.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Jacquard stitch and others which we shall describe later on, will be found to produce the effect of brocaded stuff.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
The sleeves were of white and gold brocade, tight, and barred in the Spanish fashion.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
The Commandant had a glimpse at the same moment of a skirt of rose-coloured silk, brocaded in a pattern of silver.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
They had been buried in their brocades, as has been pithily remarked, and forgotten.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
They found in it also chests full of red and yellow and white brocades.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
Her dress was all of formal brocade, green and white, to her feet.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
I saw some brocade at Liberty's which would be the very thing!
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
The gowns of their partners were brocade and velvet, purple and crimson, lilac and pearl.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs

In poetry:

What do you sell O ye merchants ?
Richly your wares are displayed.
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirrors with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.
"In The Bazaars of Hyderabad" by Sarojini Naidu
THY voice is soft, thy speech all sweetness flows;
May he protect who hath thy heart, my love!
Thy waist is the gazelle's, thy hue the rose,
Brocade from Franguistan thou art, my love!
"Thy Voice Is Sweet" by Sayat Nova
If I compare thee to brocade, ’twill fray;
If to a plane-tree, ’twill be felled one day;
All girls are likened to gazelles thou’lt say--
How then shall I describe thee truly, love?
"Thy Voice Is Sweet" by Sayat Nova
And strange their meeting—
No courtly greeting,—
But a frightened look and a fierce heart beating,
Through silk and brocade
He urges a blade,
And the cold steel point at her heart is stayed.
"The Marriage" by Edwin Arnold
Mary, here I've bought you a green gingham shade
And a silk purse brocaded with roses gold and blue,
You'll learn to hold them proudly like colours on parade.
No banker's wife in all the town half so grand as you.
"The Well-Dressed Children" by Robert Graves
Obscure by birth, renown'd by crimes,
Still changing names, religions, climes,
At length she turns a Bride:
In di'monds, pearls, and rich brocades,
She shines the first of batter'd jades,
And flutters in her pride.
"Phyrne" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Pantsuits commanded designer runways from Prada to Ralph Lauren for fall, in everything from gleaming brocades to smoldering black.
Ian Whiting, most recently executive vice president of worldwide sales for Brocade, has signed on with Riverbed as senior vice president of sales, Americas.
Zuber added that his company's new Opera collection, which includes velvet, brocades, chenille and silk offerings, signifying this growing trend.
From double-breasted at Bottega Veneta to brocade at Balmain, pantsuits were a big story for Fall.
Jessica Biel selected a global-inspired Oscar de la Renta gown in multi-hued brocade.
Brocade's 10GbE switches support TRILL , FCoE.
Brocade has taken on the role of converged infrastructure kingmaker by being the only vendor to pose a serious networking threat to Cisco.
Brocade, the largest storage networking vendor, became a significant force in IP networking with its $2.6 billion acquisition of Foundry Networks in late 2008.
Many fall 2012 women's fashion collections use ornate fabrics, embroidered brocades and rococo influences to create an Old World elegance.
Shares of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc were changing hands at $5.55 at last check, trading up about 1.9% on Thursday.
"Anna Karenina" has lots of velvet, brocade, and lace.
Brocade's stock, which traded as high as $133.71 last fall, dropped below $34 in February.
Covered in velvet, brocade, or leopard spots, the more sophisticated cousin of the ballet flat was made for walking.
Brocade jacket, $485 at Nordstrom stores and online.
Swathed in sumptuous furs, silk and brocade, Anna Karenina sashayed her way to a disastrous love affair in czarist Russia in Leo Tolstoy's novel.