\ 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 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

Ditto in the health-care marketplace, where big deals like the one uniting Aetna and CVS have been broached to cope with rapid changes in technology and regulation. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "On Big Media, the Court Speaks," 12 June 2018 If that's the case, do a little research and broach the possibility with her. Beth Levine, Woman's Day, "Q&A: Tricky Social Dilemmas—Solved," 6 Apr. 2012 But once the subject of the royal couple had been broached, Clooney wasted no time rushing to Meghan Markle's defense. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George Clooney Says Meghan Markle Is Being "Vilified," Just Like Princess Diana Was," 12 Feb. 2019 Just a month ago, in fact, the New York Times reported that Trump's then-attorney John Dowd had broached pardons for both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort last year. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump says it’s ‘stupid’ to ask whether he’d pardon Michael Cohen. He protests way too much.," 24 Apr. 2018 My mom tells me to calm down, and my dad doesn't broach the subject. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "12 Teens Get Real About How Their Parents Talked To Them About Puberty," 19 July 2017 Chinese rappers tend to avoid broaching sensitive political topics. The Economist, "Rappers’ knuckles rappedWhy hip-hop scares the Chinese Communist Party," 25 Jan. 2018 But though the show broached political topics and let Mike wave his conservative flag, its focus was almost never on politics. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Last Man Standing perfectly encapsulates the 2010s, for better and for worse," 29 Sep. 2018 Wednesday was an unfortunate day for Democrats to broach the subject, with gun-rights advocates swarming the Capitol for the annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day . Washington Post, "Illinois Democrats’ plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In an interview at Lincoln Center, Ms. Bouder, who doesn’t mince words, talked about the risks of broaching this subject from inside a large, highly competitive company. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission," 29 June 2018 But once the subject of the royal couple had been broached, Clooney wasted no time rushing to Meghan Markle's defense. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George Clooney Says Meghan Markle Is Being "Vilified," Just Like Princess Diana Was," 12 Feb. 2019 Videos by Saudi rappers that explore social themes such as drug use and official mismanagement—topics rarely broached in mainstream Saudi entertainment—have been watched millions of times on YouTube. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "For Saudi Arabia’s Growing Hip-Hop Scene, It’s Tricky," 10 Aug. 2018 At times, multiple topics been broached during a single agenda item, or board members have engaged in dialogue or asked questions of audience members. Jennifer Johnson,, "Maine Township supervisor endorses cut-off time for public board meetings," 9 Mar. 2018 Kushner’s father, Charles, then broached ending the Westminster Hotel deal with the Trumps this year, according to the people briefed on the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions were private., "Trumps and Kushners cut ties on hotel deals that raised eyebrows," 22 June 2018 In recent weeks, White House officials broached with Mr. Powell the idea of meeting privately with the president so that each can lay out his thinking about economic conditions. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Jerome Powell Is ‘100% Safe’ at Fed, Trump Economic Adviser Says," 26 Dec. 2018 Thomas broached the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the Tigers as a senior and scored 24 times on the ground before sustaining an injury that forced him to miss the Ohio Division II state title game. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "NCAA early signing day: These five WSU recruits could make an instant impact for the Cougars," 17 Dec. 2018 From there, however, Baekhyun broaches new territory. Monica Kim, Vogue, "EXO’s Baekhyun Just Dropped His Second Streetwear Capsule," 14 Sep. 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 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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