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\ ˈbrüt How to pronounce bruit (audio) \ archaic
: noise, din
ˈbrü-ē How to pronounce bruit (audio) [French, literally, noise] : any of several generally abnormal sounds heard on auscultation


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bruited; bruiting; bruits

transitive verb

: report, rumor
usually used with about
word of his imminent dismissal was bruited about

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Back in the days of Middle English, the Anglo-French noun bruit, meaning "clamor" or "noise," rattled into English. Soon English speakers were also using it to mean "report" or "rumor" (it was applied especially to favorable reports). They also began using bruit the way the verb noise was used (and still occasionally is) with the meaning "to spread by rumor or report" (as in "The scandal was quickly noised about"). The English noun bruit is now considered archaic, apart from a medical sense that is pronounced like the French word and refers to one of the abnormal sounds heard on auscultation.

Examples of bruit in a Sentence

Noun a film that captures the thunderous fury of medieval warfare and the bruit of a thousand clashing swords
Recent Examples on the Web
This kind of noise, called a bruit, is caused by turbulence in the blood flowing through an artery. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 13 June 2018
Dramatic action, long bruited about, comes late, though forcefully: the schoolteacher, Matthew Diamond, a mainlander who is ambivalent toward his charges, introduces the threat, and then the reality, of unwanted attention from the government. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Jan. 2023 The main downside to the bill identified by the legislative analysts and bruited about by the drug industry is that lower profits would lead to a reduction in R&D spending. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2019 It was bruited about, for example, in 1992, during the George H.W. Bush administration, and again in 2012, when there were hopes that Mitt Romney would win election over Barack Obama. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2019 All these measures have been bruited about by economists inside and outside the government since 2012, when GDP growth slowed to a crawl even with oil prices still around $100 a barrel. Leon Aron, National Review, 16 Feb. 2018 Normalization is a word much bruited about these days to describe the ways in which Americans have acceded to all sorts of indecent and dangerous phenomena since Trump launched his successful campaign for president more than two years ago. James Kirchick, Slate Magazine, 22 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French, noise

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bruit was in the 15th century


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“Bruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun


2 of 2 verb
: to spread by report or rumor

Medical Definition


: any of several generally abnormal sounds heard on auscultation
an audible bruit produced by an artery

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