brol·​ly ˈbrä-lē How to pronounce brolly (audio)
plural brollies
chiefly British

Examples of brolly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coronation of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, who will also be crowned on Saturday, is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in London around 11 a.m., so there is a chance that the royal family, and viewers on the street, will need their brollies (that's British for umbrellas). Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2023 As the downpour caused the umbrella crop to sprout, the wind caused pedestrians to tighten grips on their hats and hoods as well as those brollies. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2023 The bronze statue’s umbrella shaft was bent in October by an unknown vandal or vandals, and the following month the non-profit organization Regional Arts & Culture Council removed the umbrella for repairs, leaving the man holding only his brolly’s handle just as the rainy season started. oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2021 Lovely little villages with little model versions of themselves and cosy pubs and shops that sell only brollies (umbrellas) or jumpers (sweaters) or puds (desserts) are twee. L.m., The Economist, 6 June 2019 Proving that not every item is suitable for the sharing economy, a Chinese entrepreneur, Zhao Shuping, who launched an umbrella-sharing service in April, reported that nearly all his brollies had gone missing. The Economist, 13 July 2017 This keeps the brolly drip free for quick trips inside. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2009 See More

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Word History


by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brolly was circa 1873

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“Brolly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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