Definition of brooch in English:



  • An ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.

    • ‘Usually, a woman also accessorizes with a bracelet, ring and necklace to go along with a brooch.’
    • ‘They made off with a silver charm bracelet, two passports, a gold brooch and a silver chain.’
    • ‘Goldsmiths and silversmiths make earrings, brooches, and bracelets, which are especially noted for their filigree work.’
    • ‘I saw silver rings and a gold brooch, jewelled knives and other finely worked objects.’
    • ‘They dug up thousands of plates, brooches, hairpins and pendants, carefully placed for the afterlife with the bodies of wealthy rulers entombed in royal burial chambers.’
    • ‘Military cloaks were fastened with brooches, so the Roman army had an important influence on brooch design.’
    • ‘A fabulous collection of ladies costume jewellery by Pave includes brooches, earrings, necklaces and gorgeous gift sets starting at very affordable prices.’
    • ‘Also choose from a range of bracelets, chains and brooches which are uniquely different and often more appealing than current trends.’
    • ‘There are always gold earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and rings for some special holiday flash.’
    • ‘There is also plenty of additional space available for bracelets, earrings, brooches and rings.’
    • ‘Find any photo of me on a significant occasion and you'll see me wearing a brooch, a ring or a necklace that comes from that earlier time.’
    • ‘She saw a selection of silver brooches at a jewelry store.’
    • ‘The silver animal pendants, brooches and ear studs are appended to a miniature carrier bag on which a little poem is written.’
    • ‘Look out too for the ultimate accessory: silk flowers on brooches and chokers.’
    • ‘Therefore, Crown jewels might include everything from the regalia to swords, tiaras, rings and brooches.’
    • ‘Learn to make all types of jewellery - bracelets, pendants, brooches and rings, easily and affordably.’
    • ‘The resulting bracelets and brooches were realised in gold and enamel, encrusted with a dazzling array of precious gemstones.’
    • ‘Last he took out a golden brooch with a few precious stones in it.’
    • ‘A red sash curved from her left shoulder down to her right hip, and a golden brooch fastened the garb at her right shoulder.’
    • ‘More within the reach of the novice collector are the myriad of smaller novelty pieces, from the cameo brooch to the charm bracelet.’
    breastpin, pin, clasp, clip, fastening, badge
    View synonyms


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.