\ ˈbrōch \

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 to Our 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

Both Victoria, 40, and Sofia wore matching broaches on their left sides. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Prove They Are the Sexiest Royal Wedding Guests Ever," 4 June 2018 The 70-year-old wore a simple cream-colored coat with a butterfly broach, her signature pearl necklace, and matching earrings. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles Just Wore the Most Eccentric Hat We've Ever Seen," 16 May 2018 Think grandma's broach or a piece of vintage family furniture that has been sitting in the attic for ages. Sunset, "11 Creative Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas," 22 Jan. 2018 Then add gemstone clips or use a bobby pin to attach your favorite broach. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "42 Amazing New Ways to Wear Braids," 1 Feb. 2018 Elsewhere, a neckline on a pale blue top plunged daringly and was given a tasteful lift with a broach detail under the bust. Patrick Cooley,, "Rusted Root coming to Cleveland," 6 July 2017 Elsewhere, a neckline on a pale blue top plunged daringly and was given a tasteful lift with a broach detail under the bust. Patrick Cooley,, "Rusted Root coming to Cleveland," 6 July 2017 Her trademark hats, scarves and broaches have long gone missing. Phillip Morris,, "Judge Jean Capers will attend college commencements long into the future: Phillip Morris," 21 June 2017 For other productions, the company routinely provides swords and daggers, leather items, broaches, cauldrons, kettles and locks. Jason Overdorf, USA TODAY, "Anyone need a suit of armor? Go to India," 20 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During their conversation, Trump broached the idea that Putin could visit the White House, something the Russian leader has not done since 2005. Andrew E. Kramer,, "Trump, Putin to hold summit, officials say," 27 June 2018 Warikoo in our conversation broached the idea of a lottery system into which Harvard would feed all applicants who meet certain criteria, establishing weights for particular categories. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Harvard's Impossible Personality Test," 19 June 2018 Executives at both companies broach the idea that the merger was singled out for antitrust enforcement because of [Trump’s] animosity toward Time Warner unit CNN. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: The Fed will likely raise interest rates today. But will it weigh in on Trump's trade war?," 13 June 2018 When asked about her husband’s reasons for dispensing what amounts to criticism of her boss, Ms. Conway has publicly berated journalists for broaching the topic, which has had the somewhat counterintuitive effect of elevating those posts. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Takes White House to Task on Twitter," 6 May 2018 Indeed, the South Koreans are now offering assurances that the Kim regime has agreed to broaching the possibility of denuclearization. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“Bolton Is Not a Big Team Player”: Inside the Looming Bolton-Pompeo Showdown," 20 Apr. 2018 Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Fox News, "Photo of Biden talking to homeless man goes viral: report," 12 Mar. 2018 In addition to broaching topics such as gun safety and helping kids process emotional and psychological trauma, adults are tasked with preparing children to recognize and report warning signs of violence before horrific events occur. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "How to Help Your Kids Spot and Report Signs of Mass Violence Before Tragedy Strikes," 15 Feb. 2018 White-Hammond, an energetic 67-year-old activist and minister who also teaches at Harvard Divinity School, is accustomed to broaching difficult subjects. Melissa Bailey,, "A doctor-turned-preacher urges her flock to make end-of-life plans," 8 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The special counsel recently gave Trump’s lawyers the topic areas investigators want to broach with Trump, in hopes of convincing him to sit down and answer questions. Matt Zapotosky,, "It’s now Year Two of the Mueller investigation. What comes next and how could it end?," 17 May 2018 Before the subject of presidential titles was broached, George Washington offered his thoughts on this topic. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "No Country for Old Pretentious Titles," 29 June 2018 But there was one subject Tyler wouldn’t broach — talking smack about his fellow bandmates. Maria Pasquini,, "Steven Tyler Admits to Spending $2 Million on Cocaine: 'I Snorted Half of Peru'," 18 May 2018 Asked why senators did not broach more contentious issues — particularly Sadler’s comment about McCain — Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. Deirdre Shesgreen And Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Senate Republicans didn't press President Trump on contentious issues, including McCain remark," 15 May 2018 Berg’s religious background — his grandfather was an esteemed rabbi — is broached but not lengthily explored. John Williams, New York Times, "Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can," 10 July 2018 Howard could even be bought out by the Nets, though that has not been publicly broached to this point. Tim Bontemps,, "Dwight Howard traded again, this time to the Brooklyn Nets," 20 June 2018 That said, the Panthers’ sale wasn’t even addressed in the general session in March, and was only broached at a surface level during the privileged sessions that are limited to owners and their kin. Albert Breer,, "Speed, Discipline and a Whole Bunch of Cash: Inside the Odd Sale of the Carolina Panthers," 17 May 2018 None of this is broached by Wanda-Alison-Laura-Jasmine-Gina-Pattie! Andrea Simakis,, "'The Royale,' inspired by boxer Jack Johnson, brings fight for freedom to stage (preview)," 13 May 2018

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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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\ ˈbrōch \
broached; broaching

Kids Definition of broach

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


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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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