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brass

[ bras, brahs ]
/ bræs, brɑs /
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noun
adjective
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM brass

brassish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brass

brass
/ (brɑːs) /

noun

Other words from brass

Related adjective: brazen

Word Origin for brass

Old English bræs; related to Old Frisian bres copper, Middle Low German bras metal
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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with brass

brass

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