• WordNet 3.6
    • v brooch fasten with or as if with a brooch
    • n brooch a decorative pin worn by women
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Stone Set Brooches Stone Set Brooches
Anglo-Saxon Brooch Anglo-Saxon Brooch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brooch (Paint) A painting all of one color, as a sepia painting, or an India painting.
    • Brooch An ornament, in various forms, with a tongue, pin, or loop for attaching it to a garment; now worn at the breast by women; a breastpin. Formerly worn by men on the hat. "Honor 's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat."
    • v. t Brooch To adorn as with a brooch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brooch An ornamental clasp consisting of a pin and a projecting or covering shield, used for fastening the dress, or merely for display. When the garment is large and heavy, as a cloak or the ecclesiastical cope, the brooch has generally been found insufficient, and has been replaced by the agraffe or some other form of clasp. Ornamental brooches are now worn mostly by women, but were formerly worn by both sexes, sometimes on the hat or cap. Also spelled broach.
    • brooch To adorn with or as with a brooch or brooches.
    • n brooch A monotint, or picture in one color, as a sepia sketch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brooch brōch an ornamental pin or instrument for fastening any article of dress, consisting for the most part either of a ring or disc, or of a semicircle, there being a pin in either case passing across it, fastened at one end with a joint or loop, and at the other with a hook
    • v.t Brooch (Shak.) to adorn as with a brooch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(imp. & p. p.) Brooched brōcht


In literature:

She wore also some white lace around her long neck, and it was fastened with a handsome gold-and-jet brooch.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
He seemed to be a Spaniard by birth, though he wore as a brooch a small miniature of Andrew Jackson.
"Pirate Gold" by Frederic Jesup Stimson
He sank part of it in a ruby brooch for his wife, and shoved the rest into a satchel.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
How came the Greeks, in the time of Euripides, to know about Inverness capes and Highland brooches?
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
The moonlight glistened on a brooch, which held the cloak together at her throat.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
It was a trinket like a bar brooch, with gold clasps.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
Her eyes were bluer even than her turquoise brooch or the gentians in her hat.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
My brooch was a far better one than Mollie's.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
"Grandmother Dear" by Mrs. Molesworth
Nearly every woman in the room had on a brooch that flashed the colors of the rainbow at every turn.
"An Epoch in History" by P. H. Eley

In poetry:

Alas! O brooch of gold!
O chief, whose fame each poet knows,
O hero of stout slaughtering blows,
Thy arm was brave and bold.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
An' weel could he manage to wheedle an' sell,
To the lassies oot on the hill,
A brooch for their shawls, or a finger ring,
That was gowd in their simple skill.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
Having so rich a treasurey, so fine a hord
Of beauty water-bright before my eyes,
I plucked the daisy only, simple and white
In its fringed frock and brooch of innocent gold.
"The Daisy" by Marya Zaturenska
I will make you brooches and toys for your delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.
"I Will Make You Brooches" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I WILL make you brooches and toys for your delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me,
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.
"Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What I want back is what I was
Before the bed, before the knife,
Before the brooch-pin and the salve
Fixed me in this parenthesis;
Horses fluent in the wind,
A place, a time gone out of mind.
"The Eye-Mote" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Keep earrings and brooches organized in ice cube trays.
Madeleine Albright's brooches tell a story at Bowers Museum.
The collection includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.
Bring in a family heirloom such as a brooch or cameo and Evie can create a statement piece just for you.
Antique gold brooch bee form Bee-Brooches-web.
Madeleine Albright's brooches tell a story at Bowers Museum.
She wore a brooch given to her in 1948 the last time London hosted the Olympics and four years before her accession to the throne.
1 Remodeling estate pins into pendants is so chic in Sarasota, and this circa 1850 brooch with.25 cts.
3 Known for couture pins , Zydo of Italy designed this floral spray brooch in 18K white gold with pavé diamond button center and matched straight baguette-shaped blue sapphires (price on request).
However you enlist them, these keepsake brooches are ready to report for duty.
Super-strange gear you'll never need but will LOVE laughing about (we don't even know what a Placenta Brooch is.
At the end of every Yves Saint Laurent show, the designer would take the same glittery, heart-shaped brooch and fix it to one of his outfits.
Pin a chic brooch on the purse for two gifts in one.
Rick Clunn had two of his four Classic rings made into decorative brooches for his daughters to wear.
Here's the hat and brooch.