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