- 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 bravest
He placed an American flag on the grave of the man he still said was the bravest solider he ever saw.
Pvt. Eddie Slovik was the bravest soldier that one World War II veteran says he ever encountered.
Russell was unarmed, but he was still a cop in the bravest sense, and he ran after the fleeing Voii.34 Years Later, Gunshots Still Echo From a Senseless Killing
March 11, 2013
It is also true that some of the bravest and most tireless defenders of cultural standards have been liberal too.David Mamet's Right Turn
May 9, 2012
With one of our bravest newsroom administrators, I headed down to defend our…what?‘Has Beverly Hills Fallen Yet?’
Shelby Coffey III
April 26, 2012
I little thought to find him among the bravest of my own chosen chieftains.
It was, indeed, a task which might make the heart of the bravest sink within him.
After a while he would have at the castle a company of the bravest heroes of the earth.
Yes, Siegfried will be the bravest hero the world has ever known.
If the Lenape are so skillful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 bravest
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.