[bree-ohsh, -osh; French bree-awsh]
noun, plural brioches [bree-oh-shiz, -osh-iz; French bree-awsh] .
a light, sweet bun or roll made with eggs, yeast, and butter.

1820–30; < French, Middle French (Norman dial.), equivalent to bri(er) to knead (< Germanic; see break) + -oche noun suffix Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
brioche (ˈbriːəʊʃ, -ɒʃ, French briɔʃ)
a soft roll or loaf made from a very light yeast dough, sometimes mixed with currants
[C19: from Norman dialect, from brier to knead, of Germanic origin; compare French broyer to pound, break]

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Word Origin & History

enriched type of French bread, 1826, from Fr. brioche (15c.), from brier "to knead the dough," Norman form of broyer "to grind, pound," from W.Gmc. *brekan "to break." (see break).
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Example sentences
If the weather's fine, munch your warm brioche at one of the tables on the
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.
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