Definition of bracteate in English:



  • Having or bearing bracts.

    • ‘They are a variety of the preceding, but of smaller size and with the bracteate leaves dull red.’
    • ‘Male spikelets are on separate individuals, in small bracteate heads 1-2 cm in diameter.’
    • ‘It has white flowers in a whorled, bracteate raceme, no spathe, roots with tubers.’
    • ‘Female inflorescences are terminal, solitary or in spikes, racemes or capitula, short, bracteate, with crowded flowers, often pendulous in fruit.’


  • An ornament or plate of thinly beaten precious metal, typically a thin gold disc.

    • ‘These bracteates date from the sixth or seventh century onward; some have come down from the Viking period.’
    • ‘He only recorded the details of the men's heads in order to be able to study bracteates without any animals as well.’
    • ‘Before working with gold bracteates, I practiced with shiny coins, though I did not have any gold ones.’
    • ‘The high quality of the die-cutting places the bracteates in the ranks of the most important small works of Romanesque art.’
    • ‘At first I thought it probable that Alexander might have derived it from the bracteates or gold medals, which he must have often seen worn on the breasts of Norwegian kings and chieftains.’


Early 19th century: from Latin bracteatus, from bractea (see bract).