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[brawth, broth] /brɔθ, brɒθ/
thin soup of concentrated meat or fish stock.
water that has been boiled with meat, fish, vegetables, or barley.
Bacteriology. a liquid medium containing nutrients suitable for culturing microorganisms.
broth of a boy, a sturdy youth.
Origin of broth
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse broth, Old High German brod; akin to brew
Related forms
brothy, adjective Unabridged
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  • At last they captured some Indians and with them the half of a buffalo rump, which they made into a broth.

  • broth and coffee were sold at these places at a penny a cup.

  • The young bird's mouth is wide open, and in pops the nice spoonful of broth!

    Jean Francois Millet Estelle M. Hurll
  • "Miss Perry's getting him some broth," Mrs. Adams returned, calmly.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Season the pieces of meat with pepper, and a little salt if necessary; put them into the broth.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for broth


a soup made by boiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc, in water
another name for stock (sense 19)
Word Origin
Old English broth; related to Old Norse broth, Old High German brod, German brodeln to boil; see brew
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Word Origin and History for broth

Old English broþ, from Proto-Germanic *bruthan (cf. Old High German *brod), from verb root *bhreue- "to heat, boil, bubble; liquid in which something has been boiled" (cf. Old English breowan "to brew;" see brew (v.)). Picked up from Germanic by the Romanic and Celtic languages.

The Irishism broth of a boy, which is in Byron, was "thought to originate from the Irish Broth, passion -- Brotha passionate, spirited ..." [Farmer], and if so is not immediately related.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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