brooch

  • 1 Brooch — (br[=o]ch; 277), n. [See {Broach}, n.] 1. An ornament, in various forms, with a tongue, pin, or loop for attaching it to a garment; now worn at the breast by women; a breastpin. Formerly worn by men on the hat. [1913 Webster] Honor s a good… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Brooch — Brooch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brooched} (br[=o]cht).] To adorn as with a brooch. [R.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 brooch — [brəutʃ US broutʃ] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: broche pointed tool, pin , from Vulgar Latin brocca, from Latin broccus sticking out ] a piece of jewellery that you fasten to your clothes, usually worn by women American Equivalent:… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 brooch — [ broutʃ ] noun count a piece of jewelry with a pin on the back that you fasten to your clothes …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 brooch — early 13c., from O.Fr. broche long needle (see BROACH (Cf. broach) (n.)). Specialized meaning led 14c. to distinct spelling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 brooch — [n] ornamental pin bar pin, breastpin, clip, cluster, jewelry; concept 446 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 brooch — ► NOUN ▪ an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch. ORIGIN Old French broche spit for roasting , from Latin brocchus projecting …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 brooch — [brōch, bro͞och] n. [ME broche: see BROACH] a large ornamental pin with a clasp, worn by women, usually at the neck …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Brooch — Detail of the Irish pseudo penannular Londesborough Brooch A brooch (pronounced /ˈbroʊtʃ/); also known in ancient times as a fibula; is a decorative jewelry item designed to be attached to garments. It is usually made of metal, often silver… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 brooch — /brohch, broohch/, n. 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; ME broche BROACH, differentiated in sp. since ca. 1600] * * * Ornamental… …

    Universalium

  • 11 brooch — (esp. BrE) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ cameo ▪ diamond, pearl, etc. VERB + BROOCH ▪ have on, wear ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 brooch — [13] English acquired brooch from Old French broche, a source it returned to a century later to borrow broach. The French word meant ‘long needle’, and at first a brooch was simply a decorative pin whose main function was to fasten a garment.… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 brooch — UK [brəʊtʃ] / US [broʊtʃ] noun [countable] Word forms brooch : singular brooch plural brooches a piece of jewellery with a pin on the back that you fasten to your clothes …

    English dictionary

  • 14 brooch — [13] English acquired brooch from Old French broche, a source it returned to a century later to borrow broach. The French word meant ‘long needle’, and at first a brooch was simply a decorative pin whose main function was to fasten a garment.… …

    Word origins

  • 15 brooch — noun Etymology: Middle English broche pointed tool, brooch more at broach Date: 13th century an ornament that is held by a pin or clasp and is worn at or near the neck …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 BROOCH —    The brooch (safety pin or fibula) formed one of the most frequent and distinctive features of changing Etruscan dress, fashion, and jewelry. The violin bow fibula was developed from the preceding pin fashion during the later Bronze Age,… …

    Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • 17 brooch — [[t]bro͟ʊtʃ[/t]] brooches N COUNT A brooch is a small piece of jewellery which has a pin at the back so it can be fastened on a dress, blouse, or coat …

    English dictionary

  • 18 brooch — noun her great aunt s ivory brooch Syn: pin, clip, clasp, badge; historical fibula …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 brooch — noun /brəʊtʃ,bɹoʊtʃ,bɹoʊʃ/ A piece of women’s ornamental jewellery having a pin allowing it to be fixed to garments worn on the upper body. Syn: breastpin …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 brooch — Synonyms and related words: anklet, armlet, bangle, beads, bijou, bracelet, breastpin, broach, chain, chaplet, charm, chatelaine, circle, clasp, clip, coronet, crown, diadem, earring, fastening, fob, gem, jewel, locket, necklace, nose ring, pin,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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