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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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  • And then, after some hours' travelling, we came to the braes and I saw again the long rambling house amid the trees.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • Tell him he ought no' stay so long frae the braes o' Ulster.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • Of course, yes—Maxwelton's braes are bonny—um—um—um—um—um—yes, oh yes.

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

  • The last that encamped in the braes of Locharkeig, seeing what they believed to be a boat on the side of the loch, sent a party.

  • You will not accept the invitation to go to the braes yourself, then?

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • Our gleemen now stepped into the breach with "Ye Banks and braes," and we left the station amid cheers.

  • These banks and braes of Doon, of a bright day in May, are eloquent enough for anybody.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • In fancy he was away on the braes, in the shy sun and wild wet of April weather.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • What dear little glens, what "banks and braes" for the fairies.

    A Little Tour In Ireland S. Reynolds Hole
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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