noun \ˈbrōch\

Definition of BROACH

:  brooch
:  any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: as
a :  a spit for roasting meat
b :  a tool for tapping casks
c :  a cutting tool for removing material from metal or plastic to shape an outside surface or a hole

Origin of BROACH

Middle English broche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, from Latin, feminine of broccus projecting
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with BROACH



Definition of BROACH

transitive verb
a :  to pierce (as a cask) in order to draw the contents; also :  to open for the first time
b :  to open up or break into (as a mine or stores)
:  to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach
a :  to make known for the first time
b :  to open up (a subject) for discussion
intransitive verb
:  to break the surface from below
broach·er noun

First Known Use of BROACH

15th century



Definition of BROACH

intransitive verb
:  to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves —often used with to

Origin of BROACH

perhaps from 2broach
First Known Use: 1705


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