(in weaving tapestries) a device on which the filling yarn is wound, used as a shuttle in passing through the shed of the loom to deposit the yarn.

Origin of broche

1880–85; < French: spindle, a pointed instrument; see broach


[broh-shey; French braw-shey]


woven with a pattern; brocaded.

noun, plural bro·chés [broh-sheyz; French braw-shey] /broʊˈʃeɪz; French brɔˈʃeɪ/.

a pinstripe woven in the warp direction of fabric used in the manufacture of clothing.

Origin of broché

1470–80; < French, past participle of brocher to emboss (linen), weave (cloth) with a figure. See broach, brocade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for broches



woven with a raised design, as brocade

Word Origin for broché

C19: from French brocher to brocade, stitch; see broach 1
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