broker

[broh-ker]
noun
  1. an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
  2. a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.
  3. stockbroker.
verb (used with object)
  1. to act as a broker for: to broker the sale of a house.
verb (used without object)
  1. to act as a broker.

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
Related formsbro·ker·ship, nounsub·bro·ker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brokership

broker

noun
  1. an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commissioninsurance broker
  2. (formerly) short for stockbroker
  3. a dealer in second-hand goods
verb
  1. to act as a broker (in)

Word Origin for broker

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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Word Origin and History for brokership

broker

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French brocour "small trader," from abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Portuguese alborcar "barter," but more likely from Old French brocheor, from brochier "to broach, tap, pierce (a keg)," from broche "pointed tool" (see broach (n.)), giving original sense of "wine dealer," hence "retailer, middleman, agent." In Middle English, used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps.

broker

v.

1630s (implied in brokering), from broker (n.). Related: Brokered.

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brokership in Culture

broker

A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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