\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the topic was broached during a press gaggle following an Aug. 29 debate, Merritt was the first to commit to releasing a black agenda, and eventually did so on Oct. 15. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "How black leaders are pushing Indianapolis mayoral candidates to address inequities," 22 Oct. 2019 Even on familiar subjects like pipelines are broached, the response from Trudeau’s Liberal government—who, like Obama’s Democratic contingency, is invested in seeing the completion of a number of gas and oil pipelines—lacks signs of serious thought. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indigenous Voters Need a Reason to Care About Canada," 22 Oct. 2019 Nearly ninety years after the idea was first broached, legislatively, the museum existed. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "A Fool's Errand" on what America needs to remember," 28 Sep. 2019 Zaidi didn’t mention Thursday any plans to alter Oracle’s dimensions, but the subject has been broached this season. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Zaidi says Oracle batting trouble is in Giants’ heads. He should call Roger Craig.," 20 Sep. 2019 While that event would ultimately prove to be a huge success, Rodda said some in Chugiak-Eagle River were tepid when the idea was first broached. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Parks and Rec director is retiring after decades of municipal service," 11 Sep. 2019 The idea that earth’s mysterious companion might be inhabited kept being broached by imaginative people, mistaken people and hoaxers. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "The Moon Sits for Its Portrait," 3 July 2019 Back in late December, the Lakers were playing the Brooklyn Nets at the end of a four-game road trip, and before the game, the topic of Anthony Davis on the Lakers was broached in the L.A. locker room. Andrew Sharp,, "Anthony Davis Trade Winners and Losers: The Lakers Jackpot, Pelicans Haul and Celtics Disaster," 16 June 2019 The company has joined competitor Lyft in broaching the idea of a 2020 ballot initiative to challenge the law. Los Angeles Times, "California’s contract worker law could add health coverage for some but put others at risk," 4 Oct. 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Broach.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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