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brae

[brey, bree; Scot. brey, bree] /breɪ, bri; Scot. breɪ, bri/
noun, Scot. and North England.
1.
a slope; declivity; hillside.
Origin of brae
1300-1350
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
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  • I was over at his heels, and the pair of us scoured down the brae.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • We have all found the brae long and steep in the spring of life.

    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
  • It is all that was left behind when her coffin went down 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
  • I know that she still sat at the window looking at the elbow of the brae.

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

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • "Ay, then, I'll be stappin' ower the brae," he said at last.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • 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

brae

/breɪ; Scottish bre/
noun (Scot)
1.
a hill or hillside; slope
2.
(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
n.

"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].

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