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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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  • He has at least 30,000 sheep on his vast tracks of moorland on the braes of Lochaber.

  • Searching the braes he could hear, after a little, Nan sing at the shealing hut.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • And all night long deer belled to deer on the braes of Glen Noe.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • I would as soon be governed by my slaves at the braes as by such men as they are.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • I will not stop until the braes is razed to the ground, and I have driven him from the province.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • You will not accept the invitation to go to the braes yourself, then?

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • He saved my life at the braes when we were raided by the rebels.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • In fancy he was away on the braes, in the shy sun and wild wet of April weather.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • The fiery cross will be speeding from Badenoch to the braes of Balwhidder.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • Tell him he ought no' stay so long frae the braes o' Ulster.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
British Dictionary definitions for braes


/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 braes



"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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