\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ward 3 Councilwoman Cassandra Nelson broached the idea Tuesday (April 21) during an online Zoom conference meeting of City Council’s Safety Committee. cleveland, "Richmond Heights may require stores to provide hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes at entrance," 22 Apr. 2020 King broached a sensitive topic by invoking the basketball icon's 2003 rape charge. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King: 'When you're wrong, you gotta fix it'," 12 Feb. 2020 In fact, councilman David Mann first publicly broached the idea of a separation back in September 2018. Hannah K. Sparling,, "Cincinnati Metro to city: Here, take the streetcar," 19 Nov. 2019 Bill King, who narrowly lost to Turner in a 2015 runoff, broached the intern scandal in response to a viewer question about the prospect of granting raises to city employees. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Buzbee, Turner bash each other over airport intern, Hotze and Trump in final TV debate," 22 Oct. 2019 Behind the scenes for the past few weeks, Councilman Landsman and business leaders have been gradually working on broaching the subject with other political, business and civic leaders. Jason Williams,, "PX column: No more city vs. county? Yes, please. Why pandemic should force Cincinnati, Hamilton County governments to finally share services," 10 Apr. 2020 Carol Orth, clinical supervisor for Adult Autism and Developmental Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, says broaching the topic of intimate relationships for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be tricky. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s nightclub for disabled adults fosters love, friendship and inclusion," 4 June 2019 Back on March 24, at a Fox News virtual town hall, Trump had broached the possibility that the U.S. could emerge from widespread lockdowns by this weekend. David Crary And Nicole Winfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Christians worldwide celebrate an Easter like no other," 12 Apr. 2020 Justice Ginsburg broached this in the very first question. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Culture War in the Workplace," 13 Jan. 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 7 Jun. 2020.

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\ 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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