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brae

[brey, bree; Scot. brey, bree]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a slope; declivity; hillside.
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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
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Examples from the Web for brae

Historical Examples

  • I was over at his heels, and the pair of us scoured down the brae.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • We have all found the brae long and steep in the spring of life.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • It is all that was left behind when her coffin went down the brae.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • His lips are moving as I see him turning the corner of the brae.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • I know that she still sat at the window looking at the elbow of the brae.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie


British Dictionary definitions for brae

brae

noun Scot
  1. a hill or hillside; slope
  2. (plural) an upland areathe Gleniffer Braes
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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 brae

n.

"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].

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