What does brooch mean?

brooch meaning in General Dictionary

To decorate just like a brooch

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  • an ornament in several forms with a tongue pin or loop for affixing it to a garment now worn on breast by women a breastpin previously donned by males in the cap
  • fasten with or like with a brooch
  • an attractive pin worn by ladies
  • An ornament, in several types, with a tongue, pin, or cycle for connecting it to an apparel; now worn within breast by ladies; a breastpin. Previously worn by guys from the cap.
  • A painting each of one shade, as a sepia painting, or an Asia artwork.
  • To decorate as with a brooch.

brooch meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


brooch meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) An ornament, in a variety of forms, with a tongue, pin, or loop for connecting it to a garment; today worn at the breast by females; a breastpin. Previously donned by guys in the hat.

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  • (n.) A painting all one shade, as a sepia artwork, or an India artwork.
  • (imp. & p. p.) To decorate just like a brooch.

Sentence Examples with the word brooch

Over the left shoulder and fastened with a brooch hung the loose cloak (brat), to which the Scottish plaid corresponds.

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