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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an insurance broker (=a company or person that arranges and sells insurance to people)
▪ Bellingham practised as an insurance broker.
broker an agreement (=arrange an agreement between two or more opposing groups)
▪ The US has been trying to broker an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
broker/negotiate a compromiseformal (= find one that everyone can accept, especially with difficulty)
▪ They admitted that their efforts to negotiate a compromise had failed.
insurance broker
power broker
▪ His style is lucid and he emerges as an honest broker who judiciously weighs the historical evidence.
▪ Amoda tried to explain what I had said, to play the honest broker.
▪ By offering pre-service training we can surely do no worse than act as honest brokers in a fairly honourable profession.
▪ But he was never an honest broker.
▪ If you want to know exactly how much money you could save by remortgaging, an independent mortgage broker can help.
▪ Allstate is enforcing the action only in California, although the company has urged agents nationwide to become independent brokers voluntarily.
▪ So some foreign houses are joining forces with local brokers.
▪ The city is planning to talk with local commercial brokers about what can be done to improve the business environment.
▪ Many old brokers were unable to become independent advisers because they lacked the expertise and resources to win authorisation.
▪ The older brokers want my support getting recognition and resources.
▪ For Mr Haider's backers it means chasing out the old power-brokers and restoring a sense of national virility.
▪ He made no attempt to treat the older brokers as his peers.
▪ These provide the contact details and an indication of charges for more than 20 online brokers.
▪ Instead, online brokers will emerge as intermediaries.
▪ Lo, 48, a real estate mortgage broker, faces a bail hearing Wednesday in the fraud case.
▪ J., real estate broker Terry Gamble.
▪ Faison last week hired commercial real estate broker Cushman&038;.
▪ If you bought your shares through a discount broker, say the same thing.
▪ The rates are cheaper than those of full-service brokers. Discount brokers, however, all calculate their charges differently.
▪ J., real estate broker Terry Gamble.
▪ Faison last week hired commercial real estate broker Cushman&038;.
▪ James Andrews, a former Lloyds insurance broker, now unemployed, was ill for 18 months.
▪ The relevant cases have all concerned the payment of commission to an insurance broker by an insurance company.
▪ Those participating will receive up to 20 percent discount on car insurance rates from the charity's insurance brokers.
▪ Its Brighton-based insurance broker says customers should only deal with agents which are.
▪ Your travel agent or insurance broker can advise you further on this.
▪ Frizzell Group is to be bought by Marsh and McLennan, the world's biggest insurance broker, for £107m.
▪ Bellingham practised as an insurance broker and his wife as a milliner.
▪ Before the act they were just insurance brokers flogging life policies.
▪ Ray Boulger, of Charcol, the mortgage broker, likes Bristol &038; West's capped rate loan.
▪ Lo, 48, a real estate mortgage broker, faces a bail hearing Wednesday in the fraud case.
▪ If you want to know exactly how much money you could save by remortgaging, an independent mortgage broker can help.
▪ The on-line provider of home financial services and discount mortgage broker acquired Cybersight and its FlyerWare software.
▪ Special deals have become universal, spread by the increasing power of mortgage brokers.
▪ She went to work as a receptionist for a mortgage broker in east Los Angeles.
▪ Not so high profile are the centralised lenders, who operate through mortgage brokers and insurance companies.
▪ The party's ageing faction leaders, says Mr Segni, have turned into pure power brokers.
▪ It was a dramatic transformation, from society hostess to Democratic Party power broker.
▪ Hence, head office attracts the power brokers skilled in the politics of resource allocation.
▪ Gary Condit, will emerge as major power brokers between conservatives and liberals.
▪ Karajan was comfortable with his stature as a power broker and not at all shy about wielding his influence.
▪ The new power brokers on the political scene have not fared better either.
▪ The leading candidate is Hiromu Nonaka, an elderly power broker feared for his political cunning but with little public appeal.
▪ It acts as the sole broker in the bargaining and competition for resources between bureaucratic organizations.
▪ The advisory teacher was then well placed to act as broker between the course requirements, the students and the schools.
▪ Banks borrow and lend wholesale funds amongst themselves, dealing through money brokers, for periods ranging from overnight to five years.
▪ Alternatively, you should deal with a reputable broker of franchises.
▪ Under the terms of the code, lenders refuse to deal with brokers who have neglected to sign up.
▪ It was Mr Kaczynski who helped broker the deal that put a Solidarity prime minister in power last August.
▪ He brought together the network, cable, local affiliates and studio executives and helped broker the agreement for voluntary ratings.
▪ Former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance helped broker the agreement.
▪ A further hidden cost hinges on the share price the broker is able to offer customers.
▪ The first is where a broker sells to a customer off its own book.
▪ We have brokers here who will sell them at best.
▪ Since then the Financial Services Authority, the chief watchdog, has been trying to broker a rescue deal.
▪ Yaki had tried to broker a compromise earlier this year to keep the initiative off the ballot.
▪ Although the market extended its trading hours, many brokers refused to take orders because of the volatility of share prices.
▪ But many brokers predict a long-term downward trend for maize due to the likelihood of a heavily oversupplied market.
▪ Charities could become employers, brokers, trainers.
▪ Finally, brokers scour the market for the best deal.
▪ Information brokers, for example, are rapidly becoming necessary in dealing with the voluminous amounts of information on the networks.
▪ Orders from brokers were rushing in constantly, and the orders were the same: sell, sell, sell.
▪ The broker was said to have acted honestly and in good faith, and that was all that was required of him.
▪ The police, fire department, hotel, stock brokers, lawyers and gay leagues are among these indie leagues.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Broker \Bro"ker\ (br[=o]"k[~e]r), n. [OE. brocour, from a word akin to broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, possess, digest, fr. AS. br[=u]can to use, enjoy; cf. Fries. broker, F. brocanteur. See Brook, v. t.]

  1. One who transacts business for another; an agent.

  2. (Law) 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.

  3. A dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc.

  4. A dealer in secondhand goods. [Eng.]

  5. A pimp or procurer. [Obs.]

    Bill broker, one who buys and sells notes and bills of exchange.

    Curbstone broker or Street broker, an operator in stocks (not a member of the Stock Exchange) who executes orders by running from office to office, or by transactions on the street. [U.S.]

    Exchange broker, one who buys and sells uncurrent money, and deals in exchanges relating to money.

    Insurance broker, one who is agent in procuring insurance on vessels, or against fire.

    Pawn broker. See Pawnbroker.

    Real estate broker, one who buys and sells lands, and negotiates loans, etc., upon mortgage.

    Ship broker, one who acts as agent in buying and selling ships, procuring freight, etc.

    Stock broker. See Stockbroker.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Anglo-French brocour "small trader," from abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Portuguese alborcar "barter," but more likely from Old French brocheor, from brochier "to broach, tap, pierce (a keg)," from broche "pointed tool" (see broach (n.)), giving original sense of "wine dealer," hence "retailer, middleman, agent." In Middle English, used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps.


1630s (implied in brokering), from broker (n.). Related: Brokered.


Etymology 1

  1. (en-comparative of: broke) Etymology 2

    n. 1 A mediator between a buyer and seller. 2 (context computing English) An agent involved in the exchange of messages or transactions. v

  2. To act as a broker; to mediate in a sale or transaction.

  1. n. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission [syn: agent, factor]

  2. v. act as a broker


A broker is an individual person that arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller for a commission when the deal is executed. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a principal party to the deal. Distinguish agent—one who acts on behalf of a principal.

Broker (disambiguation)

A broker is a party that mediates between a buyer and a seller.

Broker may also refer to:

  • Broker, Lewis, a small hamlet in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland
  • The Power Broker, 1974 biography of Robert Moses
  • The Broker, a novel by John Grisham
  • Information broker, a person or business that researches information for clients
  • Broker, not be confused with Dukes, is a borough in fictitious Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Customs broker, one who clears goods through customs for import or export.
  • Broker, a R. P. Patnaik Telugu movie released in 2010

In computing:

  • Service-oriented architecture (service broker), software which mediates between a client objects and a server (or requester or caller)
    • Object request broker, allows programmers to make program calls from one computer to another via a network
    • Storage Resource Broker, a data grid middleware software system produced by the San Diego Supercomputer Center
    • Tunnel broker, provides a network tunnel
    • Message broker, an intermediary program that translates a message from the formal messaging protocol of the sender to the formal messaging protocol of the receiver

Brokerage may also refer to:

  • The Brokerage Citylink, a not-for-profit organisation based in the City of London
Broker (film)

Broker is a 2010 Telugu film written, composed and directed by R. P. Patnaik who also portrays the lead role in the film. Kannada film Agraja (2014) was loosely inspired from this film. A sequel titled Broker 2 was released in 2014.

Usage examples of "broker".

But owing to the stupid money system, which these laborers them selves help to keep in force, the results of their combined efforts were either usurped by an unproductive class fortunate enough to be born rich, or those shrewd enough to accumulate money, such as trust managers, bankers, real estate speculators, stock jobbers, and brokers, gamblers, burglars, money loan swindlers, high salaried clergymen, etc.

Most of the immense, ugly structure, which had always looked like the box some other building had been shipped in, was now occupied only by tax accountants, 3V producers, whores, mosquitoes, anthologists, brokers, blimp-race betting agencies, public-relations firms, travel agents, and other telephone-booth Indians, plus hordes and torrents of plague-bearing brown rats and their starving fleas.

The first bankruptcy law, passed in 1800, departed from the English practice to the extent of including bankers, brokers, factors and underwriters as well as traders.

Everyone, including Hyde and Berman, was looking for an opportunity to be a hero and broker a compromise.

Albany of my day did not favor the newsie, who paid his broker four cents per paper and charged his customers five, so in theory he made a penny for every paper he delivered.

I basically become the middleman, my sales guys brokering the pretreated raw goods, you assembling em to our specs and quality satisfaction .

In 1785, on the advice of a broker, Modinier, he decided to remint the currency, adjusting its gold-silver ration in line with market rates.

Apms, which occupied one of the 161 rehabilitated warehouses at Aimes Point, did business as a chandler, yacht broker, and sales and service center for marine engines of all makes, models, and capacities--f electric trollers the size of soup cans that could barely raise a wake to Chryslers with enough muscle to make a launch dance on its stern at fifty knots.

One of these was once sharply rebuked by his broker for his unclerical conduct, and was advised, if he wished to carry on his speculations further, to go into the market himself, as the broker declined to be any longer the representative of a man who was ashamed of his business.

Month by month I realized that it was more and more difficult to get the brokers to renew my bills, or to cash any further post-obits upon an unentailed property.

The Merchant was the mysterious on-line broker who had sold Arcadia and Zoe their new identities when they escaped from the asylum.

Mehr Jirah, Batak, Shahr Baraz, the three of you will go to Torunn in the morning and offer to broker a treaty.

I had brokered it to the client I mentioned, the one who sold it to this banker.

Actually, it came wrapped in the same packing I used when I first brokered it to the original owner, Charlie Sweeting, two years ago.

Two years ago, when I first brokered it to Sweeting, it sold for one and a quarter.