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From Old French bruit.



bruit (countable and uncountable, plural bruits)

  1. (archaic) Rumour; talk; hearsay.
    • 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, Act IV, Scene 7
      Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand: / The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, The Life of Timon of Athens
      But yet I love my country, and am not / One that rejoices in the common wreck, / As common bruit doth put it.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./1/1”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
      And so it had always pleased M. Stutz to expect great things from the dark young man whom he had first seen in his early twenties ; and his expectations had waxed rather than waned on hearing the faint bruit of the love of Ivor and Virginia—for Virginia, M. Stutz thought, would bring fineness to a point in a man like Ivor Marlay, []
  2. (medicine) An abnormal sound heard on auscultation. (French pronunciation)
  3. (obsolete) A noise.
    • Thomas Hood, The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies
      [] When some fresh bruit
      Startled me all aheap! — and soon I saw
      The horridest shape that ever raised my awe.



bruit (third-person singular simple present bruits, present participle bruiting, simple past and past participle bruited)

  1. (US, archaic British) To spread, promulgate or disseminate a rumour, news etc.
    • 1567, Arthur Golding: Ovid's Metamorphoses; Bk. 2; lines 418
      And if it be to be believed, as bruited is by fame,
      A day did pass without the Sun.
    • 1590, Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the new found land of Virginia,
      There haue bin diuers and variable reportes with some slaunderous and shamefull speeches bruited abroade by many that returned from thence.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 2, lines 127–128,
      And the King's rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
      Re-speaking earthly thunder.
    • 1942, George Rawlinson, transl., “Erato”, in The Persian Wars[1], translation of original by Herodotus:
      In course of time Ariston died; and Demaratus received the kingdom: but it was fated, as it seems, that these words, when bruited abroad, should strip him of his sovereignty.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld,
      Paranoid. Now he knew what it meant, this word that was bandied and bruited so easily, and he sensed the connections being made around him.
    • 2010 August 4, Darren Murph, “China's maglev trains to hit 1,000km/h in three years”, in Engadget[2], retrieved 2013-03-18:
      … it's bruited that the tunnel would cost "10 to 20 million yuan …



From Old French bruit, use as a noun of the past participle form of bruire (to roar), from a Proto-Romance alteration (by association with braire (cry)) of Latin rugitus (roar); cf. Vulgar Latin *brugitus < *brūgere. Compare Spanish ruido, Portuguese ruído. Cf. also rut.


  • IPA(key): /bʁɥi/
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bruit m (plural bruits)

  1. a noise
  2. a rumor or report


  • (noise): (Louisiana) hélas m

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From the past participle of bruire, or a Vulgar Latin *brūgitus < *brūgere, as an alteration of Latin rugitus < rugīre.


bruit m (oblique plural bruiz or bruitz, nominative singular bruiz or bruitz, nominative plural bruit)

  1. noise; sounds