\ ˈbrōch How to pronounce broach (audio) \

Definition of broach

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : brooch wore a lovely broach on her lapel
2 : any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: such 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


verb (1)
broached; broaching; broaches

Definition of broach (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to pierce (something, such as a cask) in order to draw the contents also : to open for the first time
b : to open up or break into (a mine, stores, etc.)
2 : to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach (see broach entry 1 sense 2c)
3a : to make known for the first time
b : to open up (a subject) for discussion a good time to broach the subject

intransitive verb

: to break the surface from below the whale broached


verb (2)
broached; broaching; broaches

Definition of broach (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

nautical : to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves often used with toOur ship broached to.

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Verb (1)

broacher noun

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Verb (1)

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces. expressed her feelings in music vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words. a tirade venting his frustration utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech. utter a groan voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words. an editorial voicing their concerns broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion. broached the subject of a divorce air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention. publicly airing their differences

Examples of broach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This broach-no-compromise obstructionism has been the strategy of congressional Republicans since the mid-1990s. Washington Post, "Forget McConnell. Forget Pelosi. In a divided Congress, Biden needs to build his own coalition.," 9 Nov. 2020 Baldwin wore a broach from her grandmother, who helped raise her and was featured in the speech. Baldwin praised Biden and Obama for pushing through the Affordable Care Act. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I'll be an ally of the light, not the darkness.' Joe Biden accepts Democratic Party presidential nomination," 20 Aug. 2020 She's dressed in all black and wearing her power broach: the Mace of the Republic, which symbolizes the legislative authority of the House of Representatives. Channing Hargrove,, "Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Pin Is Back," 5 Feb. 2020 Here's Pelosi on the House floor with her broach vs a pic of the mace. Channing Hargrove,, "Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Pin Is Back," 5 Feb. 2020 Her Majesty is closest to the camera in the image, wearing a white dress accessorized by dresser Angela Kelly with a sapphire and diamond broach, and one of her iconic Launer handbags. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Stands Alongside the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William for a Historical Portrait," 3 Jan. 2020 It can be worn in 12 different ways – a necklace, broach, the arrow detaches as a pin, and more and more. al, "Huntsville Ballet creates dance based on priceless necklace," 6 Oct. 2019 On Remembrance Day, for example, why are all the royals wearing paper poppy broaches on their clothes? Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does the Royal Family Wear Poppies During Remembrance Day?," 9 Nov. 2019 Charleston wore lion doorknob earrings and Thomas, lion cufflinks and a horse-and-jockey broach. Dave Quinn,, "Go Inside Reagan Charleston's 'Perfect' Southern Charm New Orleans Wedding," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Recent national polling suggests few conservative Christian services have chosen to broach the topic of police brutality, compared to other groups. Washington Post, "A Black man’s killing by the police exposes Ohio congregations’ bitterly opposing interpretations of faith and justice," 23 Nov. 2020 On Tuesday, as the USCCB ended the public portion of its two-day national meeting, Gomez departed from the official agenda to broach the issue. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Leader of US Catholic bishops: Biden's stances pose dilemma," 17 Nov. 2020 After two elections involving Donald Trump, SNL has invited Chappelle to host, treating him like a moderator for our greater national reckoning, a comedian seasoned and blunt enough to broach sensitive matters of importance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle’s Postelection Blues," 8 Nov. 2020 Republicans have begun having discussions about how to broach the topic with Mr. Trump of focusing on life after the presidency, and what leaving quietly could mean for his family, his business and his own ability to remain in politics. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "In Torrent of Falsehoods, Trump Claims Election Is Being Stolen," 5 Nov. 2020 But far too few people consider perhaps the most critical aspect of planning, a topic so un-fun that many designers have developed politely manipulative strategies to broach it. Kaitlin Petersen, House Beautiful, "How to Build a Home That Lasts Your Whole Life," 15 Oct. 2020 Today, as chairwoman of Draper’s historic commission, Day said that the group’s attempts to officially broach the subject of saving prison history have been sidelined for at least two years. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Historic parts of Utah prison shouldn’t get torn down, groups argue," 21 Sep. 2020 With a Western culture of tight-lipped endurance, some just don’t want to broach the subject. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Power pivot: What happens in states where wind dethrones King Coal?," 21 Aug. 2020 My great colleague Sara Moniuszko spoke with experts for advice about how to broach these subjects thoughtfully and sensitively . Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Staying Apart, Together: Why a Zoom wedding can be just as good as a regular wedding," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of broach


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broach


Middle English broche "pointed instrument, brooch," borrowed from Anglo-French, "pointed object, brooch, spigot," going back to Vulgar Latin *brocca, noun derivative from feminine of Latin broccus "prominent, projecting," of uncertain origin

Verb (1)

Middle English brochen "to pierce, skewer (meat), tap (a cask)", borrowed from Anglo-French brocher "to prick, spur, stab," verbal derivative of broche "pointed object" — more at broach entry 1

Verb (2)

perhaps from broach entry 2

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The first known use of broach was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Broach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for broach


\ ˈbrōch How to pronounce broach (audio) \
broached; broaching

Kids Definition of broach

: to bring up as a subject for discussion She broached an idea.


\ ˈbrōch How to pronounce broach (audio) \

Medical Definition of broach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fine tapered flexible instrument used in dentistry to remove dental pulp and to dress a root canal

Medical Definition of broach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to open (a vein) to draw blood

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