[bree-ohsh, -osh; French bree-awsh]

noun, plural bri·och·es [bree-oh-shiz, -osh-iz; French bree-awsh] /ˈbri oʊ ʃɪz, -ɒʃ ɪz; French briˈɔʃ/.

a light, sweet bun or roll made with eggs, yeast, and butter.

Origin of brioche

1820–30; < French, Middle French (Norman dial.), equivalent to bri(er) to knead (< Germanic; see break) + -oche noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brioche

Contemporary Examples of brioche

  • A simple combination of brioche, thinly sliced onion, mayonnaise and parsley, it proves irresistible at cocktail parties.

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    John Ferrone

    November 3, 2009

Historical Examples of brioche

British Dictionary definitions for brioche



a soft roll or loaf made from a very light yeast dough, sometimes mixed with currants

Word Origin for brioche

C19: from Norman dialect, from brier to knead, of Germanic origin; compare French broyer to pound, break
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Word Origin and History for brioche

enriched type of French bread, 1826, from French brioche (15c.), from brier "to knead the dough," Norman form of broyer "to grind, pound," from West Germanic *brekan "to break" (see break (v.)).

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