Definition of broch in English:
A prehistoric circular stone tower in north Scotland and adjacent islands.
- ‘They would have needed social stability’, he says, suggesting brochs were not watch towers or forts, but ‘ostentatious signs of status and wealth’.
- Particularly impressive examples occur in North Wales and Cornwall, while the brochs and duns of Scotland are monumental examples of roundhouses.
- Skara Brae is a well-preserved prehistoric village, Maes Howe the best of a series of impressive prehistoric burial cairns, and numerous brochs and settlements attest to the islands' Pictish and Viking periods.
Late 15th century: alteration of burgh (the original sense). The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.
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