[ brohch, brooch ]
/ broʊtʃ, brutʃ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. bronzed grackle,
  2. bronzer,
  3. bronzing,
  4. bronzino,
  5. bronzite,
  6. brood,
  7. brood bitch,
  8. brood bud,
  9. brood parasite,
  10. brood parasitism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for brooch


/ (brəʊtʃ) /


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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