bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Definition of broker

1 : one who acts as an intermediary: such as
a : an agent who arranges marriages
b : an agent who negotiates contracts of purchase and sale (as of real estate, commodities, or securities)
3 : one who sells or distributes something an information broker

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broker verb

Examples of broker in a Sentence

the broker in the hostage situation was a prominent reporter that the gunman felt he could trust all of the local yacht brokers were at the boat show
Recent Examples on the Web In the private sector, Glassman is a licensed real estate broker and an attorney. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Who is running for Maricopa County assessor?," 7 July 2020 Only 84 tickets had been sold before the online ticket broker suspended sales, Brannam said. David Aaro, Fox News, "Vanilla Ice cancels Texas concert after heavy criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic," 2 July 2020 The use of Confirmation led to the uncovering of the $215 million fraud at Peregrine Financial Group, the commodities broker in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "If Ernst & Young auditors had done this one thing, they might have uncovered Wirecard’s $2 billion fraud years sooner," 30 June 2020 Divining how much expense was embedded in the bid-offer spread, and whether another broker would have offered a better deal, is a more difficult exercise. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "How the retail trading boom is shaking up the US stock market," 23 June 2020 By May, his audience was thinning and his other gig, as a real estate broker, was heating up. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Entertainers promised to see us through the quarantine. Even they are running out of steam.," 10 July 2020 That is a sharp turn from the 3.5% growth predicted by the same group in the broker’s last survey in March. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Corporate Tech in Line for its Pandemic Haircut," 9 July 2020 Inside the stock exchange, broker Yaqub Memon told The Associated Press that he and others were huddled inside their offices while the attack was underway. Adil Jawad, The Christian Science Monitor, "Baluchistan insurgency strikes Pakistan stock exchange," 29 June 2020 Tiffany Curry, a Houston real estate broker who recently became the first African-American owner of a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise, supports the change. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "HAR no longer using 'master' to describe bedrooms and bathrooms," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of broker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broker

Middle English, negotiator, from Anglo-French brocour

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The first known use of broker was in the 14th century

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28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of broker

: a person who helps other people to reach agreements, to make deals, or to buy and sell property (such as stocks or houses)


bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Kids Definition of broker

: a person who acts as an agent for others in the buying or selling of property


bro·​ker | \ ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio) \

Legal Definition of broker

: an agent who negotiates contracts of sale (as of real estate or securities) or other agreements (as insurance contracts or mortgages) between the parties for a fee or commission — compare dealer, finder

Note: An insurance broker differs from an insurance agent in that a broker is usually considered an agent of the insured, even though he or she may receive a commission from an insurance company. A broker may sell the products of a number of insurers, and an insurer has no liability for a broker's wrongful actions. A securities broker often acts also as a dealer and so is often referred to as a broker-dealer.

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