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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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/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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