WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
broach /broʊtʃ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Jewelry brooch .

  1. [+ object] to mention or suggest for the first time: I waited until he was in a good mood before I broached the subject of my raise.
  2. [+ object] to draw (beer, etc.), as by tapping: to broach beer from a keg.
  3. Nautical, Naval Terms to break the surface of water from below:[no object]After the depth charge exploded the submarine broached, then quickly sank.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
broach  (brōch),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]an elongated, tapered, serrated cutting tool for shaping and enlarging holes.
  2. a spit for roasting meat.
  3. Mechanical Engineeringa gimlet for tapping casks.
  4. Mechanical Engineering(in a lock) a pin receiving the barrel of a key.
  5. ArchitectureAlso,  broach spire′. an octagonal spire rising directly from a tower without any intervening feature.
  6. Building[Masonry.]a pointed tool for the rough dressing of stone.
  7. Jewelrybrooch.

  1. to enlarge and finish with a broach.
  2. to mention or suggest for the first time:to broach a subject.
  3. to draw (beer, liquor, etc.), as by tapping:to broach beer from a keg.
  4. to tap or pierce.
  5. Building[Masonry.]to shape or dress (a block of stone).

  1. Nautical, Naval Terms(of a sailing vessel) to veer to windward.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsto break the surface of water;
    rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.
broacher, n. 
  • Old French broch(i)er, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Vulgar Latin *brocca spike, horn, tap of a cask (Medieval Latin broca), noun, nominal use of feminine of Latin adjective, adjectival brocc(h)us projecting (said of teeth); (verb, verbal) Middle English brochen
  • Anglo-French, Old French
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English broche 1175–1225
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged introduce, propose, bring up, submit, advance.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

broach /brəʊtʃ/ vb
  1. (transitive) to initiate (a topic) for discussion
  2. (transitive) to tap or pierce (a container) to draw off (a liquid): to broach a cask, to broach wine
  3. (transitive) to open in order to begin to use
  1. a long tapered toothed cutting tool for enlarging holes
  2. a spit for roasting meat, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French broche, from Vulgar Latin brocca (unattested), from Latin brochus projecting

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