- a long-handled metal rod with a stamp at one end, used for branding livestock, especially cattle, with a registered or recognized symbol or character to indicate ownership.
Origin of branding iron
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Also called brand.
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Examples from the Web for branding iron
The branding-iron must be, if not quite red-hot, very nearly so.Ranching, Sport and Travel
With a knife and a branding-iron they can be disarmed for ever.The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago
Arthur Conan Doyle
It seared Georg like a branding-iron on the flesh of his arm as it swung past.Tarrano the Conqueror
Raymond King Cummings
The overwhelming relief in her face, burned into Wade's soul like a branding-iron.Hidden Gold
Often the branding-iron of vain regret had seared her quivering heart.The Following of the Star
Florence L. Barclay