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[brey, bree; Scot. brey, bree] /breɪ, bri; Scot. breɪ, bri/
noun, Scot. and North England.
a slope; declivity; hillside.
Origin of brae
1300-50; Middle English bra < Old Norse brā brow, cognate with Old English brēaw eyebrow, eyelid, Old High German brāwa (German Braue); for semantic development, cf. brow Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The contents of this MS. can be so well ascertained from Mr. brae's edition that it is unnecessary to say more about it here.

  • Once landed on Raasay, I made up the brae to the great house.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • In three or four minutes we had topped the brae and began to go down upon Sandag.

  • Twenty years had passed since Joey ran down the brae to play.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • His own house was in the Tenements, far from the brae in winter time, but he always said to Jess it was "naething ava."

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • His lips are moving as I see him turning the corner of the brae.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • A beggar met him one day on the brae, and got a shilling from him.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • But he wasna far doon the brae when he turned an' came back.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • But to resume: I have it here in Mr. Mungo Campbell's precognition that you ran immediately up the brae.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • They seemed to run into each other at the top of the brae, and no one could say who was first.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for brae


/breɪ; Scottish bre/
noun (Scot)
a hill or hillside; slope
(pl) an upland area: the Gleniffer Braes
Word Origin
C14 bra; related to Old Norse brā eyelash, Old High German brāwa eyelid, eyebrow; compare brow
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Word Origin and History for brae

"steep slope," in northern England especially "the sides of a hill," early 14c., from Scottish, "slope, river bank," from Old Norse bra "eyelash," cognate with Old English bræw "eyelid," German Braue "eyebrow" (see brow). "The word must have passed through the sense of 'eye-brow' to 'brow of a hill', supercilium (cf. OE. eaghill 'eye-hill'=eyebrow)" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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