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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bro"ker
  1. One who transacts business for another; an agent.
  2. [Law] 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. A dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc.
  4. A dealer in secondhand goods.(Eng)
  5. A pimp or procurer.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. brocour, from a word akin to broken bruken, to use, enjoy, possess, digest, fr. AS. brūcan to use, enjoy; cf. Fries. broker, F. brocanteur. See Brook (v. t.)

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  1. A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  2. Act as a broker

From broke +‎ -er.

From Middle English broker, brokour, brocour, from Anglo-Norman brocour (“small trader”) (compare also abroker (“to act as a broker”)), from Old Dutch *brokere (“one who determines the usages of trade, manager”), from broke, bruyck, breuck (“use, usage, trade”), from Proto-Germanic *brūkiz (“use, custom”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrug- (“to use, enjoy”), equivalent to brook +‎ -er. Cognate with Middle Low German brukere (“a broker”), Danish bruger (“a broker, user, handler”), Swedish bruk (“use, custom, trade, business”), Old English broc (“use, profit, advantage, foredeal”). Compare also French brocanter (“to deal in second-hand goods”) from the same Germanic source. More at brook.

  1. A mediator between a buyer and seller.
  2. A stockbroker.
  3. A mediator in general, one who liaises between two or more parties to attempt to achieve an outcome of some kind.
  4. (computing) An agent involved in the exchange of messages or transactions.

    broker was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Spanish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Broker


    Thomas Bröker is a soccer player for the MSV Duisburg, SV Meppen, FC Köln II, FC Köln, Dynamo Dresden, SC Paderborn 07, Rot Weiss Ahlen, and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Thomas was born on January 22nd, 1985 in Meppen.


    Gulabdas was born on September 20th, 1909 in Porbandar, Gujarat. He passed away on June 10th, 2006.


    Fred Broker was a football player for the Oorang Indians. Fred was born on January 17th, 1893 in Ponsford, Minnesota. He breathed his last breath on December 13th, 1971.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Broker U.S.
      White 89.00% 64.26%
      African American 1.12% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.55% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.63% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.65% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Broker are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Broker

    • How Popular is the name Broker? As a last name Broker was the 25,226th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Broker first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Broker is Monday, February 16th, 1903.
    • How unique is the name Broker? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Broker. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Broker: Your name in reverse order is Rekorb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rbrkeo. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Broker? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 982 people with the last name Broker.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Broker? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Broker as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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