Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Botany Bearing bracts.
  • noun A thin, coinlike, usually gold medallion or pendant produced especially by Germanic peoples during the early Middle Ages.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Furnished with bracts, in any sense of that word.
  • noun In numismatics, one of certain silver coins current in the middle ages, chiefly in Germany.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Having a bract or bracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective botany Having bracts.
  • adjective Made of thin, beaten metal (of coins, ornaments etc. with a hollow underside).
  • noun A bracteate coin or other object.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having bracts

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin bracteātus, from Latin bractea, gold leaf; see bract.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin bracteātus ("gold-plated", "golden"), from bractea ("gold leaf", "veneer", "glitter").

Examples

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  • "In 1981 a farmer found a gold bracteate – a kind of medallion, fashioned with eyelets so that it could be worn around the neck – at Undley Common, near Lakenheath in Suffolk."

    - David Crystal, By Hook or By Crook p 44

    December 15, 2008