\ ˈbretth How to pronounce breadth (audio) , ˈbredth, nonstandard ˈbreth How to pronounce breadth (audio) \

Definition of breadth

1 : distance from side to side : width the height, breadth, and depth of each piece of furniture
2 : something of full width begin with a breadth of silk
3a : comprehensive quality : scope the breadth of his learning
b : liberality of views or taste breadth of mind

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Other Words from breadth

breadthwise \ ˈbretth-​ˌwīz How to pronounce breadth (audio) , ˈbredth-​ , nonstandard  ˈbreth-​ \ adverb or adjective

Examples of breadth in a Sentence

We measured the height, breadth, and depth of each piece of furniture. a great breadth of land awaited those who were brave and hardy enough to settle it
Recent Examples on the Web This global outreach lies behind the success of Collect over the last 17 years, in crossing borders to highlight the depth and breadth of talent from countries such as Senegal, South Africa, Chile and New Zealand to name a few. Roddy Clarke, Forbes, "5 Highlights To Look Out For At Collect 2021," 26 Feb. 2021 The experience opened West’s eyes to the breadth of quality inherent in the diamond category. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, "How Thelma West Turns Diamonds Into Refined, Distinctive Bespoke Jewelry," 25 Feb. 2021 The acquisition will, for the first time, allow public access to the breadth of the architect’s work. Los Angeles Times, "Pioneer of the L.A. look: Paul R. Williams wasn’t just ‘architect to the stars,’ he shaped the city," 14 Jan. 2021 The state is home to a breadth of superstars in nearly every genre — rock, rap, country, Christian, R&B — and whittling a manageable list took serious contemplation. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "15 of the best albums to come out of Georgia," 31 Dec. 2020 The virtual gala brought together hundreds of NRI supporters from across the country — a testament to the breadth of our movement and strength of our institution. Lindsay Craig, National Review, "A Mighty Endorsement," 10 Dec. 2020 One of Chenoweth’s side projects, the Crowd Counting Consortium, attempts to quantify, in close to real time, the depth and breadth of the American protest movement, including both anti-Trump and pro-Trump demonstrations. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How to Stop a Power Grab," 16 Nov. 2020 The latest ruling applies to a breadth of companies. NBC News, "San Francisco voters pass 'Overpaid Executive Tax'," 5 Nov. 2020 The Great Northern festival is adding diversity and breadth to its line-up of events, which run from Jan. 28 through Feb. 7. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Food, music and big names come to Great Northern Festival for 2021," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of breadth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breadth

Middle English breadeth, breth, from brede breadth (from Old English brǣdu, from brād broad) + -th (as in lengthe length)

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The first known use of breadth was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Breadth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of breadth

: the distance from one side to the other side of something
: the quality of including many things : the wide scope or range of something


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Kids Definition of breadth

1 : distance measured from side to side
2 : scope sense 2 the breadth of the investigation

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