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[brey-ser] /ˈbreɪ sər/
a person or thing that braces, binds, or makes firm.
Informal. a stimulating drink, especially one of liquor.
Origin of bracer1
First recorded in 1570-80; brace + -er1


[brey-ser] /ˈbreɪ sər/
noun, Archery.
a guard or band worn over the wrist of the bow hand to protect it from the snap of the bowstring.
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French braceure, equivalent to brace arm (see brace (noun)) + -ure -ure Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bracer
Historical Examples
  • I do not need a bracer to get me going or a hooker to keep me under way.

    The Old Game Samuel G. Blythe
  • Her optimism was the best sort of bracer for the captain's failing courage.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The whisky came and he drank it, feeling that he needed a bracer.

    Her Ladyship's Elephant David Dwight Wells
  • Anxiety dreams may play the part of a bracer and tonic in subjects of that type.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Twice Tim Crapsey insisted upon it that he must have a “bracer” from the flask.

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
  • Bert used to say that glimpse of Emmy "was a bracer for the whole day."

    Stories That End Well

    Octave Thanet
  • He told himself that he must have a "bracer" to steady his nerves.

    Mischievous Maid Faynie

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • When not in use keep them in your pocket or strung on the strap of your bracer.

  • The principle, however, remains unshaken that singing in a correct way is the greatest possible "bracer."

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing

    Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • After tossing down my second bracer, I said: “Well, Mr. Merritt, how do you feel about your bet now?”

    The House Opposite Elizabeth Kent
British Dictionary definitions for bracer


a person or thing that braces
(informal) a tonic, esp an alcoholic drink taken as a tonic


(archery, fencing) a leather guard worn to protect the arm
Word Origin
C14: from Old French braciere, from braz arm, from Latin bracchium arm
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Word Origin and History for bracer

early 14c., "piece of armor protecting the arm;" 1580s, "a clamp, bind, brace," from brace (n.). Figurative sense of "that which braces the nerves" is 1740; especially of alcoholic drinks from c.1850. Related: Bracers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bracer



A drink of liquor (1820s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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