American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A relatively large decorative pin or clasp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornamental clasp consisting of a pin and a projecting or covering shield, used for fastening the dress, or merely for display. When the garment is large and heavy, as a cloak or the ecclesiastical cope, the brooch has generally been found insufficient, and has been replaced by the agraffe or some other form of clasp. Ornamental brooches are now worn mostly by women, but were formerly worn by both sexes, sometimes on the hat or cap. Also spelled
- To adorn with or as with a brooch or brooches.
- n. A monotint, or picture in one color, as a sepia sketch.
- n. A piece of women’s ornamental jewellery having a pin allowing it to be fixed to garments worn on the upper body.
- v. transitive To adorn as with a brooch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. (Paint.) A painting all of one color, as a sepia painting, or an India painting.
- v. rare To adorn as with a brooch.
- n. a decorative pin worn by women
- v. fasten with or as if with a brooch
- Middle English broche, pointed tool, brooch, pin; see broach1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yet these were the years that most intrigued me; as I continued my research, I found out she may have had a broken romance with Prince Leopold of England but ended up marrying another man (while wearing a diamond brooch from the Prince on her wedding dress); as a mother, she suffered heartbreak during”
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“Vintage Gold Toned Leaf Pin/Brooch Sarah Coventry butterfly pin brooch gold silver enamel cloisonne 1. 2″”
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“For the brooch is an engagement present from Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia, to then Princess Alix of Hesse who was to become his wife in 1894.”
“That there would be a time, lurking in the foggy years to come, when the brooch was the lone key to her survival.”
“The 4cm-long brooch, which is about three quarters intact, was found alongside a broken silver coin.”
“Just for the record, the brooch was a gilded turtle with a big, cracked green gem for a shell.”
“In medieval times the form of the brooch was usually a simple, flat circular disk, with open centre, the pin being equal in length to the diameter of the brooch.”
“Hiding the brooch is a proof he saw me, I'm afraid.”
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