[ bree-ohsh, -osh; French bree-awsh ]
/ ˈbri oʊʃ, -ɒʃ; French briˈɔʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. brinnin,
  2. brinny,
  3. brinton,
  4. briny,
  5. brio,
  6. briolette,
  7. briony,
  8. briquet,
  9. briquet's syndrome,
  10. briquette

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

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British Dictionary definitions for brioche


/ (ˈbriːəʊʃ, -ɒʃ, French briɔʃ) /


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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