from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The water in which meat, fish, or vegetables have been boiled; stock.
  • n. A thin, clear soup based on stock, to which rice, barley, meat, or vegetables may be added.
  • n. A liquid containing nutrients for culturing microorganisms: "[They] grew bacteria in a small flask of broth” ( Horace Freeland Judson).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Water in which food (meat or vegetable etc) has been boiled.
  • n. A soup made from broth and other ingredients such as vegetables, herbs or diced meat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Liquid in which flesh (and sometimes other substances, as barley or rice) has been boiled; thin or simple soup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See brath.
  • n. Liquor in which flesh is boiled and macerated, usually with certain vegetables to give it a better relish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces
  • n. a thin soup of meat or fish or vegetable stock


Middle English, from Old English; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English broth, from Old English broþ ("broth"). Akin to Old English breowan ("to brew"). (Wiktionary)


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