\ 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 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 Some customers present her with a special item such as a broach and ask her to build a necklace around it. Rebecca Sallee | For, al, "Meet Madison County’s ‘Pearl Lady’," 31 July 2019 Kate, always stylish, wore a totally bespoke (and stunningly gorgeous, obviously) emerald green coat from Alexander McQueen for the occasion, complete with a matching fascinator and a large, leafy green broach. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wears Custom Alexander McQueen for St. Patrick's Day," 17 Mar. 2019 The inspiration for the piece actually goes all the way back to the 1840s, when Prince Albert had a sapphire-and-diamond broach designed for his soon-to-be wife, Queen Victoria. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Blake Lively's Engagement Ring in A Simple Favor Was Inspired by Princess Diana's," 7 Sep. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Brooklyn, New York, Elizabeth Warren also broached the attacks at a rally where she was introduced by her former rival, Julian Castro. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Amy Klobuchar bails on fundraiser as Democratic candidates weigh in on Iranian ballistic missile attacks," 7 Jan. 2020 Bush Hager broached the topic, asking if there were any tears when Michelle said goodbye to Sasha. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michelle Obama Says She and Barack Got Emotional When They Dropped Sasha Off at College," 10 Dec. 2019 Jenkins first broached the possibility of a sequel shortly after the first film's release in June 2017, and principal photography began a year later. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Diana Prince reunites with her long-lost love in first Wonder Woman 1984 trailer," 8 Dec. 2019 The government has also broached a judicious reform of labour laws. The Economist, "India’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since 2013," 5 Dec. 2019 At the beginning of the decade, this was not an easy subject to broach with royal staff. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "For the Royal Family, the 2010s Were a Decade of Seismic Change," 14 Dec. 2019 In 2015, Ozma broached the idea of a book with a small press company some friends were running and started to work on it heavily. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New book chronicles life of Wauwatosa native, writer and trans historian in his own words," 7 Oct. 2019 Its attorney began interjecting, cutting off discussions and cautioning members not to broach subjects the diocese feared could be raised in court. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 Such strong and vocal support from Americans heartens Hinojos, who notes that for many Dreamers, immigration status is a secret, a taboo topic not to be broached. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Dreamers are hopeful ahead of SCOTUS hearing," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broach.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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