Definition of brooch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//brəʊtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//broʊtʃ//
(especially British English)(usually North American English pin) Jewellery
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a piece of jewellery with a pin on the back of it, that can be fastened to your clothes She pinned a large amethyst brooch to her lapel. See related entries: Jewellery Word Origin Middle English: variant of broach, a noun originally meaning ‘skewer, bodkin’, from Old French broche ‘spit for roasting’, based on Latin brocchus, broccus ‘projecting’. Compare with broach.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: brooch