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[bree-ohsh, -osh; French bree-awsh] /ˈbri oʊʃ, -ɒʃ; French briˈɔʃ/
noun, plural brioches
[bree-oh-shiz, -osh-iz; French bree-awsh] /ˈbri oʊ ʃɪz, -ɒʃ ɪz; French briˈɔʃ/ (Show IPA)
a light, sweet bun or roll made with eggs, yeast, and butter.
Origin of brioche
1820-30; < French, Middle French (Norman dial.), equivalent to bri(er) to knead (< Germanic; see break) + -oche noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brioche
  • If the weather's fine, munch your warm brioche at one of the tables on the pavement.
  • Top the meal off with chocolate brioche bread pudding with streusel crumbs and maple creme brulee over ice cream.
  • We sampled sticky buns, sugared brioche, and pop tarts.
  • It is juicy and full of flavor, made with loosely knit organic beef and served on a glossy brioche roll.
  • One evening, a special of halibut was served with a feathery brioche topping and intense, flavorful tomato water.
  • It was made with their own brioche and layered with caramel and pound upon pound of sweet-tart berries.
  • Ice cream is consistently good too, and for a local treat order it up in a fresh-baked brioche.
  • The whole thing is encased in a toasted brioche bun.
British Dictionary definitions for brioche


/ˈbriːəʊʃ; -ɒʃ; French briɔʃ/
a soft roll or loaf made from a very light yeast dough, sometimes mixed with currants
Word Origin
C19: from Norman dialect, from brier to knead, of Germanic origin; compare French broyer to pound, break
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Word Origin and History for brioche

enriched type of French bread, 1826, from French brioche (15c.), from brier "to knead the dough," Norman form of broyer "to grind, pound," from West Germanic *brekan "to break" (see break (v.)).

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