plural -s
: an elementary principle or maxim : a short proverbial rule (as in law, ethics, or metaphysics)

Word History


French, from Medieval Latin brocardum, irregular from Burchardus Burchard †1025 German bishop who compiled a book of ecclesiastical canons

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“Brocard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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