Definition of broch in English:

broch

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Pronunciation: /brɒk
 
, brɒx
 
/

noun

A prehistoric circular stone tower in north Scotland and adjacent islands.
More example sentences
  • ‘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.

Origin

late 15th century: alteration of burgh (the original sense). The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

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