Definitions

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

  • n. One that acts as an agent for others, as in negotiating contracts, purchases, or sales in return for a fee or commission.
  • n. A stockbroker.
  • n. A power broker.
  • transitive v. To arrange or manage as a broker: broker an agreement among opposing factions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of broke: more broke
  • n. A mediator between a buyer and seller.
  • n. An agent involved in the exchange of messages or transactions.
  • v. To act as a broker; to mediate in a sale or transaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who transacts business for another; an agent.
  • n. An agent employed to effect bargains and contracts, as a middleman or negotiator, between other persons, for a compensation commonly called brokerage. He takes no possession, as broker, of the subject matter of the negotiation. He generally contracts in the names of those who employ him, and not in his own.
  • n. A dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc.
  • n. A dealer in secondhand goods.
  • n. A pimp or procurer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A middleman or agent who, for a commission or rate per cent. on the value of the transaction, negotiates for others the purchase or sale of stocks, bonds, commodities, or property of any kind, or who attends to the doing of something for another.
  • n. One who lends money on pledges, or lets out articles for hire; a pawnbroker, or a lender of goods.
  • n. A pimp or procurer; a pander.
  • n. One who has ‘gone broke’; a ‘dead broke,’ ruined, or bankrupt man.

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

  • v. act as a broker
  • n. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman brocour, abrocour; akin to Spanish alboroque, ceremonial gift at conclusion of business deal, from Arabic al-barka, the blessing, colloquial variant of al-baraka : al-, the + baraka, blessing, divine favor (from bāraka, to bless; see brk in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From broke +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English broker, brokour, brocour, from Anglo-Norman brocour ("small trader") (compare also abroker ("to act as a broker")), from Old Dutch *brokere (“one who determines the usages of trade, manager”), from broke, bruyck, breuck ("use, usage, trade"), from Proto-Germanic *brūkiz (“use, custom”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrug- (“to use, enjoy”), equivalent to brook +‎ -er. Cognate with Middle Low German brukere ("a broker"), Eastern Frisian broker ("a broker"), Danish bruger ("a broker, user, handler"), Swedish bruk ("use, custom, trade, business"), Old English broc ("use, profit, advantage, foredeal"). Compare also French brocanter ("to deal in second-hand goods") from the same Germanic source. More at brook. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Related etymologically to 'broach' (q.v. for more detail), 'brooch', and 'broccoli'.

    March 6, 2009

  • ceremonial gift at the end of a business deal : al b-oro-que (Spanish)

    January 14, 2008