\ 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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Most of us can’t spring for a tiara or diamond brooch, but a pearl pendant or earrings, even if fake, comes close. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How Classic Pearls Became Improbably Hip," 11 Dec. 2018 Look for details that add a little something extra, like your grandma’s brooch or a velvet stripe down the legs. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 Meghan's royal wedding tiara, Queen Mary's Sapphire Bandeau that comes straight from the Queen's vault, was originally made in 1932 for the Queen's grandmother and the brooch dates back to 1893. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Strict Tiara Rule Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Must Follow," 10 Sep. 2018 The sapphire necklace was built from a brooch that was wedding present to Diana from the Queen Mother. Brittany Talarico,, "See Gorgeous Flashback Photos of Princess Diana at the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Markle’s engagement ring, which contains diamonds from a brooch that the princess used to have., "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Are Honoring Princess Diana In The Sweetest Way," 5 May 2018 But Tuesday night's state dinner did see Kate with a new honor: a yellow badge, with a brooch featuring a portrait of the Queen. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Why Kate Middleton Did Not Wear a Sash at the Dutch State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 The headpiece, made in 1932 with a floral center brooch dating back to 1893, has not been worn in decades and was lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II. Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy at royal wedding," 22 May 2018 Gund joined the group quietly and alone, wearing a navy-blue silk shift dress with a gold brooch, her hair and makeup immaculately set. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, "How the Record-Breaking Sale of a Lichtenstein Painting Changed Agnes Gund’s Life," 31 Oct. 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


\ ˈbrōch, ˈbrüch\

Kids Definition of brooch

: a piece of jewelry fastened to clothing with a pin

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