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[brohch, brooch] /broʊtʃ, brutʃ/
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.
Also, broach.
Origin of brooch
1175-1225; Middle English broche broach, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
Related forms
unbrooch, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
broach, brooch. Unabridged
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  • Ten days later her guide Leopold informed her by means of the table where the brooch was.

  • Just as I was showing him a brooch I wished to pawn he went off.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • She wore a brown sateen basque secured at the throat by a brooch consisting of a lock of hair under glass.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Sylvia admired the workmanship and the jewels, and turned the brooch over.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • There was a faint scintillation in the diamonds in Ena's brooch and ear-rings as she tossed her head.

  • "I expect your mother made this mark to identify the brooch," she said.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • If Mendez had the brooch he has the other stuff that was in the jewelry box—the Boxer Hall cups and so on.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for brooch


an ornament with a hinged pin and catch, worn fastened to clothing
Word Origin
C13: from Old French broche; see broach1
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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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