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[brohch, brooch] /broʊtʃ, brutʃ/
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.
1175-1225; Middle English broche broach, differentiated in spelling since circa 1600
Related forms
unbrooch, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
broach, brooch. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for brooches


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 brooches



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

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