- possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
- making a fine appearance.
- Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.
- a brave person.
- a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.
- a bully.
- a boast or challenge.
- to meet or face courageously: to brave misfortunes.
- to defy; challenge; dare.
- Obsolete. to make splendid.
- Obsolete. to boast; brag.
Origin of brave
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Examples from the Web for brave
“He was a brave field commander and an expert in intelligence, and in organizing popular and tribal forces,” said the eulogist.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
These brave souls took an icy dip in the ocean to ring in 2015 and raise money for charity.Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists
January 1, 2015
Or you may not have many—or any—friends, recasting your social exclusion as brave defiance of social norms.The Refuseniks Hiding From ‘Happy New Year’
December 31, 2014
God help us, it all took place on our taxpayer dime, all in the name of defending the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Time was suspended as the world watched and waited for news about the young, brave girl from the Swat Valley.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
Robert shrank from informing him, but he knew it to be his duty, and he was too brave to put it off.
He was bold enough to brave the consequences of this act, which he foresaw clearly.
A pioneer is a brave fellow, with the courage of his own curiosity.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It is composed of a brave, a free, a virtuous, and an intelligent people.
- having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
- fine; splendida brave sight; a brave attempt
- archaic excellent or admirable
- a warrior of a Native American tribe
- an obsolete word for bully 1
- to dare or defyto brave the odds
- to confront with resolution or courageto brave the storm
- obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
Word Origin and History for brave
late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.
Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).
"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.