verb (used with object)

to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about): The report was bruited through the village.


Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
Archaic. rumor; report.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.

Origin of bruit

1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of past participle of bruire to roar < Vulgar Latin *brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre to bellow and Vulgar Latin *bragere; see bray1
Related formsbruit·er, noun
Can be confusedbruit brute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bruit

Historical Examples of bruit

  • The bruit revived, which had broken out a year before—that the house was haunted.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • There was no headache and the man himself did not notice the bruit.

  • By this doing the King heard the common brute (bruit) of himself.

    Royal Edinburgh

    Margaret Oliphant

  • This that my brethren report may well be true, and yet I take no shame in the bruit or “fama.”

    A Monk of Fife

    Andrew Lang

  • They bruit of wars—that thunder heard in dreams; Huge insurrections, and dynastic changes Resolved in blood.

British Dictionary definitions for bruit



(tr; often passive usually foll by about) to report; rumourit was bruited about that the king was dead


med an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
  1. a rumour
  2. a loud outcry; clamour

Word Origin for bruit

C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for bruit

"to report," 1520s, from bruit (n.) "rumor, tiding, fame, renown" (mid-15c.), from French bruit (n.), from bruire "to make noise, roar," of uncertain origin. Related: Bruited; bruiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bruit in Medicine




A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.
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