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bruit

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of bruit

1 \ˈbrüt\ archaic
a : noise, din
b : report, rumor
2 \ˈbrü-ē\
[French, literally, noise]
: any of several generally abnormal sounds heard on auscultation

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Examples of bruit in a Sentence

  1. a film that captures the thunderous fury of medieval warfare and the bruit of a thousand clashing swords

Origin and Etymology of bruit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, noise


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bruit

verb \ ˈbrüt \

Definition of bruit

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

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Did You Know?

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 applied especially to favorable reports). We also began using "bruit" as a verb the way we used (and still occasionally do use) the verb "noise," 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, but the verb lives on.

First Known Use of bruit

15th century


Medical Dictionary

bruit

noun \ ˈbrü-ē \

medical Definition of bruit

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


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