- the partly ground husk of wheat or other grain, separated from flour meal by sifting.
- to soak or boil in bran water, as in the tanning of hides.
Origin of bran
- Welsh Legend. a king of Britain and the brother of Manawydan and Branwen: his head was buried at London as a magical defense against invasion. He was sometimes regarded as a sea god or Christian saint.
- a male given name, form of Brandon.
Examples from the Web for bran
Meanwhile, Bran Co. are moving north to the Wall, driven by one of Bran's visions.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) may be one such person, given the level of rapport he has with his direwolf, Summer.
Three-Eyed Raven: A recurring motif in the dreams of Bran Stark that seems to point him towards an as-yet-undetermined path.
Since the events of the show began, the only Starks remaining at Winterfell are Bran and Rickon.
The wildling Osha (Natalia Tena), who is now in the service of Bran Stark, believes it means only one thing: dragons.
This gentleman is bran new from college, and will be more than a match for you.The Imaginary Invalid
Then take out the hams, rub them with bran and smoke them for a fortnight.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
I'll give you a bran new officer's sword, as bright as a mirror, for it—I will.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The tall and thin one spread the winding sheet over the bran.L'Assommoir
Throwing into it a quantity of bran while it is boiling, and before it is poured on the malt, will likewise have a good effect.
- husks of cereal grain separated from the flour by sifting
- food prepared from these husks
Word Origin and History for bran
c.1300, "the husk of wheat, barley, etc., separated from the flour after grinding," from Old French bren "bran, scurf, scales, feces" (12c., Modern French bran), perhaps connected with Gaulish *brenno- "manure," or with burn (v.). The word also was used 16c. in English for "dandruff flakes."
- The outer layers of a cereal grain such as wheat, approximately 20 percent of which is indigestible cellulose, used as a source of dietary fiber.