ˈbrōch How to pronounce brooch (audio)
 also  ˈbrüch
: an ornament that is held by a pin or clasp and is worn at or near the neck

Examples of brooch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That stela was thought to depict a woman, as the figure wore an ornamental headdress and was shown with items such as mirrors, combs, belts and brooches. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 It can be styled several ways—either over the forehead, placed upon the hair, or dismantled to form five individual brooches. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 With its housing carved from a single chunk of aluminum, Humane’s device is closer to a brooch, a tin of mints, or a cigarette packet clipped in half than the sleeker items that adorn politicians’ lapels or baseball fans’ caps. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 Consisting of 27 pieces, the line features 12 shoe clip designs— varying from flowery silhouettes to chic hardware — as well as matching earrings, headbands and brooches. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 The Princess shined in a sparkly, shoulder-baring, complete with a brooch and dangly earrings. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 18 Aug. 2023 See the chrysoprase-and-diamond earrings (below, far right), a makeover of a 19th-century brooch. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 The brooch was found in 2020, when metal detectorist Iain Sansome unearthed it on a farm in the village of Cheddar. Gretchen Smail, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 In recent weeks, several other metal detectorists across Europe have made exciting finds, including a 1,000-year-old brooch, two 1,800-year-old Roman cavalry swords and 1,200-year-old Viking artifacts. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brooch was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brooch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈbrōch How to pronounce brooch (audio)
: an ornamental pin or clasp worn on clothing

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