broker ship


an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.
verb (used with object)
to act as a broker for: to broker the sale of a house.
verb (used without object)
to act as a broker.

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

brokership, noun
subbroker, noun Unabridged
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broker (ˈbrəʊkə)
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
4.  to act as a broker (in)
[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 & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Norm. brocour "small trader," from Anglo-Fr. abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Port. alborcar "barter," but more likely from O.Fr. 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 M.E., used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps. As a verb, implied by 1630s in brokering. Related: Brokered.
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broker definition

A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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