- a clasp or ornament having a pin at the back for passing through the clothing and a catch for securing the point of the pin.
Origin of brooch
1175–1225; Middle English broche broach, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
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Examples from the Web for brooch
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As a royal heirloom, the brooch is technically owned by the Queen, and was returned to the monarch after Diana's death.Camilla Wears Diana's Brooch
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Walters ended the interview by commenting on Albright's brooch.Highlights of the Women in the World Summit
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Mary opened her hand, and displayed the brooch she had found.The Green Satin Gown
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It is your brooch that you requested me to get from the jeweler.Victor's Triumph
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And the king gave him a brooch lovelier than any on the palace walls.Irish Fairy Tales
She chose a bright red one for a brooch, and bought it for a penny.
With curiosity all alive, Lucille took the brooch and looked at it.
- an ornament with a hinged pin and catch, worn fastened to clothing
C13: from Old French broche; see broach 1
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Word Origin and History for brooch
early 13c., from Old French broche "long needle" (see broach (n.)). Specialized meaning led 14c. to distinct spelling.
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