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brooch

[brohch, brooch] /broʊtʃ, brutʃ/
noun
1.
a clasp or ornament having a pin at the back for passing through the clothing and a catch for securing the point of the pin.
Also, broach.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English broche broach, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
Related forms
unbrooch, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
broach, brooch.
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  • When the gem turns up missing, the detective chases after the thieves who constantly hide the brooch and retrieve it again.
  • Or one of a set of earrings, a bracelet, or a brooch.
  • At night, dress up jeans and a linen shirt with a turquoise-studded belt or brooch.
  • Prevost returned from the country early in the afternoon and left a brooch on a bureau and her jewel case in one of the drawers.
  • She is wearing a green and white checked dress to which is pinned a coral and gold brooch.
  • And there is also that ravishing little gold-mounted amethyst brooch clasped across a light scarf.
  • The old-fashioned cameo brooch would be much more fashionable if it were a pendant.
  • In it, she referred to a natural-pearl-and-diamond brooch she bought six years ago that's so big she can't wear it.
  • Rand was an outspoken supporter of capitalism and was famous for wearing a gold brooch in the shape of a dollar sign.
  • The brooch was attached to the travelers' sweater by a chain and safety pin.
British Dictionary definitions for brooch

brooch

/brəʊtʃ/
noun
1.
an ornament with a hinged pin and catch, worn fastened to clothing
Word Origin
C13: from Old French broche; see broach1
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Word Origin and History for brooch
n.

early 13c., from Old French broche "long needle" (see broach (n.)). Specialized meaning led 14c. to distinct spelling.

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