AskDefine | Define broker

Dictionary Definition

broker n : a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission [syn: agent, factor] v : act as a broker

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A mediator between a buyer and seller.
  2. An agent involved in the exchange of messages or transactions.


Derived terms


  1. To act as a broker; to mediate in a sale or transaction.

Extensive Definition

In commerce, a broker is a party that mediates between a buyer and a seller. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a principal party to the deal. Distinguish agent: one who acts on behalf of a principal. A brokerage or a brokerage firm is a business that acts as a broker. A sales person working for a securities or commodity brokerage firm is popularly (but incorrectly) called a "broker." A broker in that context is, strictly speaking, an exchange member who actually executes the purchase or sale order in the pit, on the exchange, as a service to the client of the firm for which that salesman works.
broker in Arabic: دلاَّل
broker in German: Makler
broker in Dutch: Makelaar
broker in Norwegian: Megler
broker in Polish: Broker
broker in Russian: Маклер
broker in Serbian: Брокер
broker in Swedish: Mäklare
broker in Ukrainian: Маклер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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