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

Other Words from broker

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 The median listing price in Fredericksburg in April 2022 was $780,500 — a 45.3% jump year over year, according to Anna Lee, a broker at Moreland Properties. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 Rising interest rates put the most pressure on people who were already stretching their finances to the limit to afford a home, said Carl Hawthorne, broker at Atlanta Communities. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 6 May 2022 Don’t make any assumptions, said Mario Greco, a real estate broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago and the founder of MG Group, which specializes in land acquisition and new construction development. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Alison Malkin, head broker at RE/MAX Essentia in Avon, said in an interview in March. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 2 Jan. 2022 Available to Clarendon Hills residents only is also porch-pickup option coordinated by Meredith Lannert, real estate broker at Keller Williams Experience Realty. Zareen Syed,, 14 Dec. 2021 Randy Baruh, 51, an associate broker at Corcoran, thought of TikTok as something his 9-year-old used until his social media manager persuaded him to post a tour of a $50 million apartment at Museum Tower. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 13 Oct. 2021 Barry, as a broker, underwriter and developer, left his mark on landmarks across metro Atlanta. Ben Smith, ajc, 7 June 2022 For example, an EU broker providing services in the EU member states (EU MSs), on EU stock markets, in instruments denominated in EU MSs currencies, is also subject to EU sanctions regulation. Timur Turlov, Forbes, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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“Broker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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