- (countable, uncountable) A thick heavy fabric into which raised patterns have been woven, originally in gold and silver; more recently any cloth incorporating raised, woven patterns.
- An item decorated with brocade.
- Any of several species of noctuid moths such as some species in the genera Calophasia and Hadena
- 2016, P.P. Mary et al, Akshay Kumar Chakravarthy et al, editors, Arthropod Diversity and Conservation in the Tropics and Sub-tropics, Springer, →ISBN:
- Other species considered occasional migrants have become established in the UK in recent years, such as the ... sombre brocade, Blair's mocha, Flame brocade, and Clifden nonpareil.
- (metaphoric) A decorative pattern.
- 1826, Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, A picturesque and topographical account of Cheltenham, and its Vicinity:
- The shrubbery around the cottages is a brocade of lawns and shrubs intermixed, in fancy patterns, with gravel walks, in various directions, which wind into the woods.
- 1976, Annemarie Schimmel, Pain and Grace: A Study of Two Mystical Writers of Eighteent-Century Muslim India, page 126:
- It is as though the poets and mystics were weaving a colorful brocade of words with the intention to please God and to show His greatness to the world.
- 2012, Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea, →ISBN, page 36:
- Saying this, Rikyu stepped into the garden, shook a tree and scattered over the garden gold and crimson leaves, scraps of the brocade of autumn!
- To decorate fabric with raised woven patterns.
decorate fabric with patterns
- ^ Brown, Lesley The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles. pub. Clarendon Oxford 1993 isbn=0-19-861271-0