What does broker mean?

Definitions for broker
ˈbroʊ kərbro·ker

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word broker.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agent, factor, brokerverb

    a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

  2. brokerverb

    act as a broker


  1. brokernoun

    A mediator between a buyer and seller.

  2. brokernoun

    An agent involved in the exchange of messages or transactions.

  3. brokerverb

    To act as a broker; to mediate in a sale or transaction.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brokernoun

    Etymology: from to broke.

    Brokers, who, having no stock of their own, set up and trade with that of other men; buying here, and selling there, and commonly abusing both sides, to make out a little paultry gain. William Temple.

    Some South-sea broker, from the city,
    Will purchase me, the more’s the pity;
    Lay all my fine plantations waste,
    To fit them to his vulgar taste. Jonathan Swift.

    A goodly broker!
    Dare you presume to harbour wanton lines?
    To whisper and conspire against my youth? William Shakespeare.

    In chusing for yourself, you shew’d your judgment;
    Which being shallow, you shall give me leave
    To play the broker in mine own behalf. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. Broker

    A broker is a person or firm who arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller for a commission when the deal is executed. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a principal party to the deal. Neither role should be confused with that of an agent—one who acts on behalf of a principal party in a deal.


  1. broker

    A broker is an individual or a firm that serves as an intermediary between buyers and sellers, often for financial transactions such as stocks, bonds, commodities or real estate. They facilitate transactions by bringing both parties together and negotiating terms, typically earning a commission or fee once the transaction is completed. The broker does not own the goods or assets but assists in making the trade possible. They typically have expertise in the industry they serve and use that knowledge to match the needs of both parties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brokerverb

    one who transacts business for another; an agent

  2. Brokerverb

    an agent employed to effect bargains and contracts, as a middleman or negotiator, between other persons, for a compensation commonly called brokerage. He takes no possession, as broker, of the subject matter of the negotiation. He generally contracts in the names of those who employ him, and not in his own

  3. Brokerverb

    a dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc

  4. Brokerverb

    a dealer in secondhand goods

  5. Brokerverb

    a pimp or procurer

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broker

    brōk′ėr, n. one employed to buy and sell for others: a second-hand dealer: a pander: a commissioner.—v.i. Broke, to bargain, negotiate: (Shak.) to act as a pander or go-between:—pr.p. brōk′ing; pa.p. brōked.—ns. Brok′erage, Brok′age, the business of a broker: the commission charged by a broker: a commission charged for transacting business for others; Brok′ery, the business of a broker.—p.adj. Brok′ing, doing business as a broker: practised by brokers. [M. E. brocour—A.S. brucan; Ger. brauchen, to use, to profit.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broker

    Originally a broken tradesman, from the Anglo-Saxon broc, a misfortune; but, in later times, a person who usually transacts the business of negotiating between the merchants and ship-owners respecting cargoes and clearances: he also effects insurances with the underwriters; and while on the one hand he is looked to as to the regularity of the contract, on the other he is expected to make a candid disclosure of all the circumstances which may affect the risk.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Broker

    From the Anglo-Saxon brucan, through the Old English brocour, to use for profit.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Broker is ranked #25226 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Broker surname appeared 982 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Broker.

    89% or 874 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.1% or 11 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broker' in Nouns Frequency: #2885

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broker in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of broker in a Sentence

  1. James Angel:

    There are definitely some dark clouds on the horizon, and there are questions about the real prospects of some of these companies, if you're not a steady customer and all of a sudden you get a call from your broker saying he can get you some of an IPO - Run!.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    We are in the fourth quarter of the House passing this bill which is the fourth committee—that’s when a lot of negotiations intensify near the end of the process, this is called legislating—we have to broker compromises to make sure we draft legislation that can actually pass.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Traders can be often heard saying that whenever they put price for BUY shares it starts falling and when it is done for SELL shares the price gets rising. It is all because of artificial intelligence AI powered Broker's web trading platform which is configured for looting traders money

  4. Scott Purcell:

    Ouch, states have tools in their arsenal to make life miserable for issuers and to levy fines and force rescissions of completed offerings if the sales are made through anyone other than a licensed broker-dealer.

  5. James Giddens:

    This result, in the largest broker-dealer insolvency in history, could not have been anticipated in the dark days of the financial crisis when this liquidation began.

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