brass

[ bras, brahs ]
/ bræs, brɑs /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. brasier,
  2. brasil,
  3. brasilein,
  4. brasilia,
  5. brasilin,
  6. brass band,
  7. brass farthing,
  8. brass hat,
  9. brass instrument,
  10. brass knuckles

Origin of brass

before 1000; 1945–50 for def 5; Middle English bras, Old English bræs; cognate with Old Frisian bres copper, Middle Low German bras metal

Related formsbrass·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brass

brass

/ (brɑːs) /

noun

Related formsRelated adjective: brazen

Word Origin for brass

Old English bræs; related to Old Frisian bres copper, Middle Low German bras metal

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Word Origin and History for brass

brass

n.
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Science definitions for brass

brass

[ brăs ]

A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc. It sometimes includes small amounts of other metals. Brass is strong, ductile, and resistant to many forms of corrosion.
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Culture definitions for brass

brass

Musical instruments traditionally made of brass and played by blowing directly into a small, cup-shaped mouthpiece. They include the French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba.

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Idioms and Phrases with brass

brass

In addition to the idioms beginning with brass

  • brass hat
  • brass ring

also see:

  • bold as brass
  • double in brass
  • get down to brass tacks
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