branding iron

  1. 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

Words Nearby branding iron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use branding iron in a sentence

  • As the man fell to the ground, just outside the door, the branding-iron slipped from his hand.

  • As we started in with him, she struck me over the head with a branding iron, and I had to drop Charlie at her feet.

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