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

  • n. A relatively large decorative pin or clasp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A painting all of one color, as a sepia painting, or an India painting.
  • transitive v. To adorn as with a brooch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • 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)



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