[brohch, brooch]


a clasp or ornament having a pin at the back for passing through the clothing and a catch for securing the point of the pin.

Also broach.

Origin of brooch

1175–1225; Middle English broche broach, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
Related formsun·brooch, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedbroach brooch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for brooch

jewelry, clip, cluster, breastpin

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British Dictionary definitions for brooch



an ornament with a hinged pin and catch, worn fastened to clothing

Word Origin for brooch

C13: from Old French broche; see broach 1
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Word Origin and History for brooch

early 13c., from Old French broche "long needle" (see broach (n.)). Specialized meaning led 14c. to distinct spelling.

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