- a slope; declivity; hillside.
Origin of brae
Examples from the Web for braes
He has at least 30,000 sheep on his vast tracks of moorland on the braes of Lochaber.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Searching the braes he could hear, after a little, Nan sing at the shealing hut.Gilian The Dreamer
And all night long deer belled to deer on the braes of Glen Noe.John Splendid
I would as soon be governed by my slaves at the Braes as by such men as they are.
I will not stop until the Braes is razed to the ground, and I have driven him from the province.
- a hill or hillside; slope
- (plural) an upland areathe Gleniffer Braes
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].