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[broh-ker] /ˈbroʊ kər/
noun
1.
an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
2.
a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.
verb (used with object)
4.
to act as a broker for:
to broker the sale of a house.
verb (used without object)
5.
to act as a broker.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English broco(u)r < Anglo-French broco(u)r, abrocour middleman, wine merchant; compare Old Provençal abrocador, perhaps based on Spanish alboroque gift or drink concluding a transaction (< Arabic al-burūk the gift, gratuity), with -ador < Latin -ātōr- -ator
Related forms
brokership, noun
subbroker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for broker ship

broker

/ˈbrəʊkə/
noun
1.
an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commission insurance broker
2.
(formerly) short for stockbroker
3.
a dealer in second-hand goods
verb
4.
to act as a broker (in)
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French brocour broacher (of casks, hence, one who sells, agent), from Old Northern French broquier to tap a cask, from broque tap of a cask; see broach1
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Word Origin and History for broker ship

broker

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French brocour "small trader," from abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Portuguese alborcar "barter," but more likely from Old French brocheor, from brochier "to broach, tap, pierce (a keg)," from broche "pointed tool" (see broach (n.)), giving original sense of "wine dealer," hence "retailer, middleman, agent." In Middle English, used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps.

v.

1630s (implied in brokering), from broker (n.). Related: Brokered.

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broker ship in Culture

broker definition


A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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