[ broh-ker ]
/ ˈbroʊ kər /
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an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.

verb (used with object)

to act as a broker for: to broker the sale of a house.

verb (used without object)

to act as a broker.



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Origin of broker

1350–1400; Middle English broco(u)r<Anglo-French broco(u)r, abrocour middleman, wine merchant; compare Old Provençal abrocador, perhaps based on Spanish alboroque gift or drink concluding a transaction (<Arabic al-burūk the gift, gratuity), with -ador<Latin -ātōr--ator
bro·ker·ship, nounsub·bro·ker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for broker

/ (ˈbrəʊkə) /


an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commissioninsurance broker
(formerly) short for stockbroker
a dealer in second-hand goods


to act as a broker (in)
C14: from Anglo-French brocour broacher (of casks, hence, one who sells, agent), from Old Northern French broquier to tap a cask, from broque tap of a cask; see broach 1
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Cultural definitions for broker


A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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