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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