Definition of brooch in English:

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Pronunciation: /brōCH/
Pronunciation: /bro͞oCH/


An ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.
Example sentences
  • A fabulous collection of ladies costume jewellery by Pave includes brooches, earrings, necklaces and gorgeous gift sets starting at very affordable prices.
  • There are always gold earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and rings for some special holiday flash.
  • More within the reach of the novice collector are the myriad of smaller novelty pieces, from the cameo brooch to the charm bracelet.
pin, clip, clasp, badge
historical fibula


Middle English: variant of broach, a noun originally meaning 'skewer, bodkin', from Old French broche 'spit for roasting', based on Latin brocchus, broccus 'projecting'. Compare with broach1.

  • brochure from mid 18th century:

    Although now associated particularly with holidays, brochure is a French word meaning ‘stitching’ or ‘stitched work’. The connection is that the first brochures were little booklets that were roughly stitched together rather than properly bound. The root, Latin brocchus or broccus ‘projecting [tooth] something that pierces’, connects brochure with broach (Middle English) ‘to pierce a cask’ and brooch (Middle English). This was originally a variant of broach and meant a skewer (as in brochette (Late Middle English)) and then an ornamental pin. Broccoli (late 17th century) is from the same source, which became brocco ‘sprout, shoot, projecting tooth’ in Italian, and then broccoli ‘little sprouts’.

Words that rhyme with brooch

approach, broach, coach, encroach, loach, poach, reproach, roach

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Syllabification: brooch

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