- The definition of a broach is a large piece of women's jewelry.
An example of a broach is a 3" pin that you wear on your winter coat.
- To broach is defined as to cautiously bring up a sensitive or controversial topic.
An example of broach is when you bring up a subject with your spouse that you have fought about many times before.
A Christmas tree broach.
broach definition by Webster's New World
- a sharp-pointed rod used to hold roasting meat; spit
- a tapered bit on a metal-cutting machine tool that is pulled or pushed through a hole to enlarge or shape the hole
- a device for tapping casks
- a hole made by a broach
Origin: Middle English broche, a pin, peg, spit ; from Old French broche, broc ; from Midieval Latin brocca, a spike, point ; from Classical Latin broccus, with projecting teeth; of Celtic origin, originally
- to make a hole in so as to let out liquid; tap (a cask)
- to enlarge or shape (a hole) with a broach
- to start a discussion of; bring up; introduce: to broach a subject
- broacher noun
broach definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb broached, broach·ing, broach·es
- a. To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate.b. To announce: We broached our plans for the new year.
- To pierce in order to draw off liquid: broach a keg of beer.
- To draw off (a liquid) by piercing a hole in a cask or other container.
- To shape or enlarge (a hole) with a tapered, serrated tool.
- a. A tapered, serrated tool used to shape or enlarge a hole.b. The hole made by such a tool.
- A spit for roasting meat.
- A mason's narrow chisel.
- A gimlet for tapping or broaching casks.
- Variant of brooch.
Origin: Middle English brochen, to pierce, probably from broche, pointed weapon or implement, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, from Latin broccus, projecting.
- broachˈer noun
intr. & tr.v. broached, broach·ing, broach·es Nautical
Origin: Probably from broach1.
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