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[broot] /brut/
verb (used with object)
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about):
The report was bruited through the village.
Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
Archaic. rumor; report.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
Origin of bruit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of past participle of bruire to roar < Vulgar Latin *brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre to bellow and Vulgar Latin *bragere; see bray1
Related forms
bruiter, noun
Can be confused
bruit, brute. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bruit
Historical Examples
  • The arrows of Mosco at the first made them pause upon the matter, thinking by his bruit and skipping, there were many savages.

  • By this doing the King heard the common brute (bruit) of himself.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • But, above all other, Oliver and Arthur (his loyal fellow) had the bruit and loos.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • This that my brethren report may well be true, and yet I take no shame in the bruit or “fama.”

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • She was never tempted to tell news or bruit from one student to another what was no concern of hers.

  • The Arrowes of Mosco at the first made them pause upon the matter, thinking by his bruit and skipping, there were many Salvages.

    Legends of Loudoun Harrison Williams
  • And the noise and bruit of it went through all the country and all the land, how that Nicolete was lost.

    Aucassin and Nicolete Andrew Lang
  • For bruit of the advance of the Saxon troops was in every mouth, though no one knew anything for certain.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • The great sonorous drumming of the summer night was like the bruit of Time passing steadily by.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • And the cry and the bruit went abroad through all the country and all the land, that Nicolete was lost.

    Aucassin and Nicolete Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for bruit


(transitive; often passive) usually foll by about. to report; rumour: it was bruited about that the king was dead
(med) an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
  1. a rumour
  2. a loud outcry; clamour
Word Origin
C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bruit

"to report," 1520s, from bruit (n.) "rumor, tiding, fame, renown" (mid-15c.), from French bruit (n.), from bruire "to make noise, roar," of uncertain origin. Related: Bruited; bruiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bruit in Medicine

bruit bru·it (brōō'ē)
A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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bruit in the Bible

a rumour or report (Jer. 10:22, R.V. "rumour;" Nah. 3:19).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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