bro·​ker·​age | \ ˈbrō-k(ə-)rij How to pronounce brokerage (audio) \

Definition of brokerage

1 : the business or establishment of a broker
2 : a broker's fee or commission

Examples of brokerage in a Sentence

one of the country's largest brokerages She works for a brokerage firm.

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The task of rebuilding the site of an explosion in Plantation will likely fall to shopping center operator EDENS of South Carolina, the landlord for a diversity of tenants including LA Fitness, Publix, a stock brokerage and a variety of restaurants. David Lyons,, "Developer must decide about rebuilding after Plantation explosion," 8 July 2019 China’s move on foreign financial services would allow international securities firms and insurers to control brokerages and other businesses in China. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business," 2 July 2019 CargoMetrics’s tools offer an unprecedented level of freight-pricing transparency to shipping companies, many of which currently rely on a paper manifest system overseen by a few international brokerages and middle men. John Konrad,, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 While much smaller than the $4.5 trillion U.S. repo market, it is routinely used by Chinese banks, brokerages, and other nonbank financial institutions to obtain short-term cash. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China’s Money-Markets Strains Ease, but System Is Still Vulnerable to Shocks," 24 June 2019 Berkshire operates in a wide variety of businesses, such as energy, jewelry, furniture, auto dealerships, real estate brokerages and private jets. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Berkshire Hathaway offers diversity in one stock, plus a primer on 15-year mortgages," 23 June 2019 In addition, the central bank last week raised limits on how much commercial-paper brokerages could sell to banks and other financial institutions. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China’s Money-Markets Strains Ease, but System Is Still Vulnerable to Shocks," 24 June 2019 The brokerage industry, inevitably, is going after these state rules. Barry Ritholtz,, "SEC’s new ‘best interest’ rule is just a guideline, and not best for investors," 24 June 2019 Charles Schwab, a financial-brokerage firm based in San Francisco, received more than $6m in incentives from Texas, and by the end of this year will have more employees there than in California. The Economist, "Business, tax and regulationMany people are moving from California to Texas," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of brokerage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of brokerage

: the business of a broker


bro·​ker·​age | \ ˈbrō-kə-rij How to pronounce brokerage (audio) \

Legal Definition of brokerage

1 : the business or establishment of a broker
2 : a broker's fee or commission

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