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From the verb brocanter (to deal in second-hand goods), of obscure origin. Probably either from Dutch brok (piece, fragment), or from the same root as Middle French broqueur, abrokeur (broker), from Medieval Latin *brocator, abrocator (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). More at broker.


brocante f (plural brocantes)

  1. flea market; bric-à-brac market
  2. car boot sale; jumble sale

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