Meaning of BROAD in English


adj. & n.


1. large in extent from one side to the other; wide.

2 (following a measurement) in breadth (2 metres broad).

3 spacious or extensive (broad acres; a broad plain).

4 full and clear (broad daylight).

5 explicit, unmistakable (broad hint).

6 general; not taking account of detail (broad intentions; a broad inquiry; in the broadest sense of the word).

7 chief or principal (the broad facts).

8 tolerant, liberal (take a broad view).

9 somewhat coarse (broad humour).

10 (of speech) markedly regional (broad Scots).


1. the broad part of something (broad of the back).

2 US sl. a young woman.

3 (the Broads) large areas of fresh water in E. Anglia, formed where rivers widen.

Phrases and idioms:

broad arrow see ARROW. broad bean

1. a kind of bean, Vicia faba, with pods containing large edible flat seeds.

2 one of these seeds. Broad Church a group within the Anglican Church favouring a liberal interpretation of doctrine. broad gauge a railway track with a gauge wider than the standard one. broad-leaved (of a tree) deciduous and hard-timbered. broad pennant a short swallow-tailed pennant distinguishing the commodore's ship in a squadron. broad spectrum (of a medicinal substance) effective against a large variety of micro-organisms.


broadness n. broadways adv. broadwise adv.

Etymology: OE brad f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.