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Dictionary Definition

broad adj
1 having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river" [syn: wide] [ant: narrow]
2 broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers" [syn: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), encompassing, panoptic, wide]
3 not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread" [syn: unspecific]
4 lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave" [syn: unsubtle]
5 being at a peak or culminating point; "broad day"; "full summer"; "high noon" [syn: broad(a), full(a)]
6 very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies" [syn: spacious, wide]
7 (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad southern accent"
8 showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions" [syn: large-minded, liberal, tolerant] n : slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"

User Contributed Dictionary






en-adj er
  1. (of a person or object) wide in extent or scope
  2. having a specified width (e.g. 3 ft broad)
  3. In the context of "of an accent": strongly regional


(Regarding occupied space,width of an object) (Regarding body width)


wide in extent or scope
  • Breton: ledan
  • Czech: široký
  • Dutch: breed
  • Finnish: laaja, laaja-alainen
  • French: large
  • German: breit
  • Hebrew: רחב (rakhav) , רחבה (rekhava)
  • Portuguese: amplo, ampla
  • Russian: широкий
  • Spanish: ancho, ancha
  • Swedish: bred
  • Welsh: llydan
having a specified width
  • Czech: široký
  • Dutch: breed
  • Finnish: leveä
  • French: large
  • German: breit
  • Portuguese: largo, larga
  • Swedish: bred
strongly regional
  • Finnish: leveä
  • French: fort
  • Swedish: bred


  1. (a bit dated) A prostitute, a woman of loose morals.
  2. A colloquial term for a woman or girl.
    Synonyms: see


a prostitute
  • French: mogue, garce
  • German: Dirne, Schlampe
  • Scottish Gaelic: reipseach, strìopach
  • Spanish: puta, ramera
colloquial term for a woman or girl
  • Finnish: lyyli



  1. nation

Extensive Definition

Broad may refer to:
In hydrology:
  • Broad Creek, creek in North Carolina
  • Broad River, disambiguation
  • Benacre Broad, isolated broad in Suffolk, England, within The Broads National Park
  • Malthouse Broad, lake at Ranworth in the Norfolk Broads within the British The Broads National Park
  • The Broads, network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk
In geography:
Broad is the name of:
  • Chris Broad, former English cricketer and match referee
  • Stuart Broad, English cricketer, son of Chris Broad
  • C. D. Broad, English philosopher known for his thorough and objective analysis in works such as Scientific Thought (1930) and Examination of McTaggart's Philosophy (1933)
Broad may also refer to:
  • 10BROAD36, obsolete standard for carrying 10 Mbit/s Ethernet signals over standard 75 ohm CATV cable over a 3600 meter range
  • Broadband
  • Broad, an area light, generally a simple incandescent or fluorescent light source (collectively referred to as "the broads" in movie and video production, theaters, TV and photographic studios), as contrasted to more controlled and directional lighting instruments
  • A complimentary term for Woman, often used as an expression of endearment. An example of a positive use of the word may be found in the song "Honey Bun" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific
broad in German: Broad

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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