bro·​ker ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio)
: one who acts as an intermediary: such as
: an agent who arranges marriages
: an agent who negotiates contracts of purchase and sale (as of real estate, commodities, or securities)
: one who sells or distributes something
an information broker
broker verb

Example Sentences

the broker in the hostage situation was a prominent reporter that the gunman felt he could trust all of the local yacht brokers were at the boat show
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Word History


Middle English, negotiator, from Anglo-French brocour

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of broker was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Broker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



bro·​ker ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio)
: a person who acts as an agent in the purchase and sale of property

Legal Definition



bro·​ker ˈbrō-kər How to pronounce broker (audio)
: an agent who negotiates contracts of sale (as of real estate or securities) or other agreements (as insurance contracts or mortgages) between the parties for a fee or commission compare dealer, finder

Note: An insurance broker differs from an insurance agent in that a broker is usually considered an agent of the insured, even though he or she may receive a commission from an insurance company. A broker may sell the products of a number of insurers, and an insurer has no liability for a broker's wrongful actions. A securities broker often acts also as a dealer and so is often referred to as a broker-dealer.

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