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broom

noun \ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of broom

1 : any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers; especially : scotch broom
2 : a bundle of firm stiff twigs or fibers bound together on a long handle especially for sweeping

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Origin and Etymology of broom

Middle English, from Old English brōm; akin to Old High German brāmo bramble


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broom

verb

Definition of broom

1 : to sweep with or as if with a broom
2 : to finish (something, such as a concrete surface) by means of a broom

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First Known Use of broom

1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BROOM Defined for English Language Learners

broom

Definition of broom for English Language Learners

  • : a brush that has a long handle and that is used for sweeping floors

  • : a type of bush that has long, thin branches and yellow flowers


BROOM Defined for Kids

broom

noun \ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m \

Definition of broom for Students

1 : a brush with a long handle used for sweeping
2 : a plant with long slender branches along which grow many yellow flowers

Medical Dictionary

broom

noun \ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m \

medical Definition of broom

: any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, upright growth, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers; especially : scotch broom — see broom top


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