Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A piece of jewelry that is worn on a piece of clothing, attached with a pin that clasps shut.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornamental clasp consisting of a pin and a projecting or covering shield, used for fastening the dress, or merely for display.
  • To adorn with or as with a brooch or brooches.
  • noun A monotint, or picture in one color, as a sepia sketch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To adorn as with a brooch.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (Paint.) A painting all of one color, as a sepia painting, or an India painting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A piece of women’s ornamental jewellery having a pin allowing it to be fixed to garments worn on the upper body.
  • verb transitive To adorn as with a brooch.

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

  • noun a decorative pin worn by women
  • verb fasten with or as if with a brooch

Etymologies

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

[Middle English broche, pointed tool, brooch, pin; see broach.]

Examples

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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.

    Crowning Jewelry

  • That there would be a time, lurking in the foggy years to come, when the brooch was the lone key to her survival.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • That there would be a time, lurking in the foggy years to come, when the brooch was the lone key to her survival.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • That there would be a time, lurking in the foggy years to come, when the brooch was the lone key to her survival.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • That there would be a time, lurking in the foggy years to come, when the brooch was the lone key to her survival.

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  • The 4cm-long brooch, which is about three quarters intact, was found alongside a broken silver coin.

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