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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.
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Origin of branding iron

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Also called brand.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for branding iron

Historical Examples

  • The branding-iron must be, if not quite red-hot, very nearly so.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

    Thomas Carson

  • With a knife and a branding-iron they can be disarmed for ever.

  • It seared Georg like a branding-iron on the flesh of his arm as it swung past.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

  • The overwhelming relief in her face, burned into Wade's soul like a branding-iron.

    Hidden Gold

    Wilder Anthony

  • Often the branding-iron of vain regret had seared her quivering heart.

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay