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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ To Léonie she left an ivory bracelet and a silver brooch.
▪ A slightly larger percentage of pairs of brooches were more abraded on the top right than the top left corner.
▪ After some reflection she removed the brooch, but retained the small, black stud ear-rings.
▪ Everybody tried to take something - a scrap of clothing, a lock of hair, a false eyelash, a brooch.
▪ Graham was splendidly attired in full Highland dress, complete with plaid and cairngorm brooch.
▪ He decided not to mention the brooch.
▪ Mrs or Mme Wyatt wore patent-leather shoes and a smart brownish suit with a gold brooch.
▪ Some wore cloaks clasped at the neck with huge ornamental brooches.
▪ This may indicate that the brooches were consistently worn in a particular position, but not in the same way.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Brooch \Brooch\ (br[=o]ch; 277), n. [See Broach, n.]

  1. 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.

    Honor 's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat.
    --B. Jonson.

  2. (Paint.) A painting all of one color, as a sepia painting, or an India painting.


Brooch \Brooch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooched (br[=o]cht).] To adorn as with a brooch. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French broche "long needle" (see broach (n.)). Specialized meaning led 14c. to distinct spelling.


n. 1 A piece of women’s ornamental jewellery having a pin allowing it to be fixed to garments worn on the upper body. 2 A painting all of one colour, such as a sepia painting. vb. (context transitive English) To adorn as with a brooch.

  1. n. a decorative pin worn by women [syn: broach, breastpin]

  2. v. fasten with or as if with a brooch [syn: clasp]


A brooch is a decorative jewellery item designed to be attached to garments, often to hold them closed. It is usually made of metal, often silver or gold but sometimes bronze or some other material. Brooches are frequently decorated with enamel or with gemstones and may be solely for ornament (as in the stomacher) or sometimes serve a practical function as a fastening, perhaps for a cloak.

The earliest known brooches are from the Bronze Age. As fashions in brooches changed rather quickly, they are important chronological indicators. Many sorts of European brooches found in archaeology are usually referred to by the Latin term fibula.

Usage examples of "brooch".

She was wearing her arty get-up, but had discarded the wooden beads in favour of a brooch consisting of a wooden letter M.

He wore three calico shirts, one atop the other, homespun breeches, and the odd drooping cap, rather like a half-wound turban, that men favored for formal occasions, plus long silver earrings and a handsome brooch in the shape of the rising sun.

Every cadet line was represented, wearing the Tor Bezaemar martlet worked into pendants, rings and brooches, combined with the badge of every line subsumed into the Name over the generations.

She considered boiled lollies in all the colours of the millefiore brooch which her grandmother wore, and barley-sugar in long, glassy canes.

Pen automatically reached to brush a piece of fluff from his doublet, and while she was about it resituated the jeweled brooch he wore in the lace at his throat.

Fine brooches and ornate neck-encompassing torcs winked and flashed from many throats, for the room now filled with nobles and advisers, chiefs and priests, Brehons or judges and Seanachies or historians, ollams and sternly robed Druids.

The simpler adjusted one of her brooches and then waved her hands, setting her gray streaked braids flying.

The simpler wore a black cloak about her shoulders and four gold brooches.

Just an old, pitted, wrought-iron spikelet, cleverly encased in a crystal tube, the whole then set in a gold brooch and surrounded by small pigeon-blood rubies.

The small brooch was not the famous Stede Bonnet brooch which had once rested in this place and in whose disappearance my own mother had played some mysterious role.

It would be strange indeedyet not, perhaps, unlikely, that the Stede Bonnet brooch has been resting safely in a special hiding place all these years.

She had decided against the necklace or the brooch as well, and had instead pinned a simple spray of stephanotis on the shoulder of her gown, and carried a white lace fan with silver sticks, and a reticule of the same fabric as her gown.

The rest of the parure consisted of a necklace of single roses which could be used also as a simple tiara, a brooch with flowers and leaves mounted en tremblant, and a pair of bracelets to match the necklace.

In each of these is there coined money, both white and red, and some deal of gold uncoined, and of rings and brooches a few, and by estimation there is in each bag the same value reckoned in lawful silver of Upmeads and the Wolds and the Overhill-Countries.

She unclasped the brooch at her shoulder, then reached around behind her back and untied the laces of her girdle, unwinding it carefully, before tossing it lightly aside.