WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
broad /brɔd/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
  1. wide;
    of great breadth:The Mississippi River is its broadest at this point.
  2. [after a noun of measurement] measured from side to side: three feet broad.
  3. open;
    clear:[before a noun]robbed in broad daylight.
  4. not limited or narrow;
    extensive:Our teacher has a broad range of interests.
  5. [before a noun] general: in the broad sense of the term.
  6. plain or clear;
    obvious: a broad hint about the job layoffs.

n. [countable]
  1. the broad part of anything:[usually singular]the broad of his back.
  2. Slang Termsa woman:Bring in the broads.
broad•ly, adv.: Broadly speaking, I think it's safe to say he's dangerous to society.
broad•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
broad  (brôd),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n. 
  1. of great breadth:The river was too broad to swim across.
  2. measured from side to side:The desk was three feet broad.
  3. of great extent; large:the broad expanse of ocean.
  4. widely diffused;
    full:We awoke to broad daylight.
  5. not limited or narrow;
    of extensive range or scope:A modern doctor must have a broad knowledge of medicine.
  6. liberal;
    tolerant:A broad interpretation of the law tempers justice with mercy.
  7. main or general:the broad outlines of a subject.
  8. plain or clear:Her remark was a broad hint of her feelings.
  9. bold;
  10. indelicate;
    indecent:He smirked at the broad joke.
  11. (of conversation) rough;
  12. unconfined;
    unrestrained:It was a hilarious evening of broad mirth.
  13. (of pronunciation) strongly dialectal:He wore kilts and had a broad Scots accent.
  14. Phonetics(of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.
  15. broad a, the a- sound (brôd),USA pronunciation when used in lieu of the more common a- sound (brôd),USA pronunciation in such words as half, can't, and laugh.
  16. Nauticalbroad on the beam, bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.
  17. Nautical, Naval Termsbroad on the bow, bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.
  18. Nautical, Naval Termsbroad on the quarter, bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.

  1. fully:He was broad awake.

  1. the broad part of anything.
  2. Slang Terms
    • [Usually Offensive.]a woman.
    • a promiscuous woman.
  3. Cinema, Show BusinessOften,  broads. [Motion Pictures, Television.]an incandescent or fluorescent lamp used as a general source of light in a studio.
  4. Currencya gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I and Charles I and equal to 20 shillings. Cf. carolus, jacobus.
broadish, adj. 
broadly, adv. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English bro(o)d, Old English brād; cognate with Dutch breed, German breit, Old Norse breithr, Gothic braiths
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  wide. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extensive, ample, vast.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged liberal, open.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gross.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged narrow.

Broad  (brôd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalC(harlie) D(unbar), 1887–1971, English philosopher.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

broad /brɔːd/ adj
  1. having relatively great breadth or width
  2. of vast extent; spacious: a broad plain
  3. (postpositive) from one side to the other: four miles broad
  4. of great scope or potential: that invention had broad applications
  5. not detailed; general: broad plans
  6. clear and open; full (esp in the phrase broad daylight)
  7. obvious or plain: broad hints
  8. liberal; tolerant: a broad political stance
  9. widely spread; extensive: broad support
  10. vulgar; coarse; indecent: a broad joke
  11. (of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical area: a broad Yorkshire accent
  12. denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificates: broad money
    Compare narrow
  13. broad athe long vowel in English words such as father, half, as represented in the received pronunciation of Southern British English
  1. the broad part of something
  2. slang chiefly US Canadian a girl or woman
  3. a prostitute
  4. Brit dialect a river spreading over a lowland
    See also Broads
Etymology: Old English brād; related to Old Norse breithr, Old Frisian brēd, Old High German breit, Gothic braiths

ˈbroadly adv

B-road n
  1. (in Britain) a secondary road

'broad' also found in these entries:
Collocations: slang: is a [beautiful, sexy] broad, a broad [range, spectrum, selection] (of), slang: she's [only, just] a broad!, more...

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