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.
, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
verb (used with object)
Can be confused
an ornament with a hinged pin and catch, worn fastened to clothing
[C13: from Old French
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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.