- The definition of broad refers to something that is wide from side to side, or to something that covers a lot of area.
- An example of a broad house is one that fills the entire lot from side to side.
- An example of a broad subject is the topic of dogs, since there are so many different kinds of dogs and so many things to discuss about them.
- Broad is defined as a slang term used to describe a woman.
An example of a broad is a woman.
- of large extent from side to side; wide
- having great extent or expanse; spacious: broad prairies
- extending all about; clear; open; full: broad daylight
- easy to understand; not subtle; obvious: a broad hint
- strongly marked: said of dialects or accents
- coarse or ribald: a broad joke
- tolerant; liberal: to take a broad view of a matter
- wide in range; not limited: a broad variety, a broad education
- main or general; not detailed: in broad outline
- Phonet. pronounced with the tongue held low and flat in the mouth; open, esp. as the (ä) of father
Origin of broadMiddle English brod ; from Old English brad; akin to German breit
- Wide in extent from side to side: a broad river; broad shoulders.
- Large in expanse; spacious: a broad lawn.
- Having a certain width from side to side: A sidewalk three feet broad.
- Full; open: broad daylight.
- Covering a wide scope; general: a broad rule.
- Liberal; tolerant: had broad views regarding social services.
- Relating to or covering the main facts or the essential points: a plan presented in broad outline.
- Plain and clear; obvious: gave us a broad hint to leave.
- Vulgar; ribald: a broad joke.
- Strikingly regional or dialectal: a broad Southern accent.
- Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue placed low and flat and with the oral cavity wide open, like the a in father.
- A wide flat part, as of one's hand.
- Offensive Slang A woman or girl.
Origin of broadMiddle English brod, from Old English brad.
(comparative broader, superlative broadest)
- Wide in extent or scope.
- three feet broad
- the broad expanse of ocean
- Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
- Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not limited; not restrained.
- Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
- Plain; evident.
- a broad hint
- Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
- (dated) Gross; coarse; indelicate.
- a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humour
- (of an accent) Strongly regional.
- (Gaelic languages) Velarized, i.e. not palatalized.
From Middle English brood, brode, from Old English brād (“broad, flat, open, extended, spacious, wide, ample, copious”), from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (“broad”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots braid (“broad”), West Frisian breed (“broad”), Saterland Frisian breed (“broad”), Low German breed (“broad”), breet, Dutch breed (“broad”), German breit (“broad, wide”), Danish bred (“broad”), Swedish bred (“broad”), Icelandic breiður (“broad, wide”).
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.