\ ˈbrōch also ˈbrüch \

Definition of brooch 

: an ornament that is held by a pin or clasp and is worn at or near the neck

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The center is set with a detachable brooch of 10 brilliant diamonds. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle's 16-Foot Wedding Veil Has a Surprise Connection to the Commonwealth," 19 May 2018 The Queen is known for her love of big brooches, and today, the Duchess of Cambridge appears to be taking style cues from her grandmother-in-law. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Makes a Surprise Appearance at the RAF Centenary Service," 10 July 2018 The ensemble was accented by a brooch known as the Richmond Diamond, Anello and Davide block-heel pumps, and a Launer bag. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Queen Wore Lime Green to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Visitors can see a brooch composed of tiger claws mounted in gold and decorated with a portrait of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018 Some people wore expensive jewelry like rings, silver pendants and gilded brooches. New York Times, "A Massacre Frozen in Time: Skeletons in Sweden Reveal Ancient Attack," 25 Apr. 2018 Turban, brooch, and scarf, price available upon request at at Marc Jacobs, 113 Prince St. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Channel an Old Hollywood Starlet," 21 June 2018 The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893. Meagan Fredette,, "Meghan Markle Got Her Tiara From Queen Elizabeth's Private Collection," 19 May 2018 Margaret, ever daring, wears the Persian turquoise tiara and the brooch and necklace that accompany it often. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle Should Wear Princess Margaret's Triumph of Love Tiara at Her Wedding," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of brooch

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brooch

Middle English broche "pointed instrument, brooch" — more at broach entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of brooch

: a piece of jewelry that is held on clothing by a pin and worn by a woman at or near her neck


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Kids Definition of brooch

: a piece of jewelry fastened to clothing with a pin

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