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Origin of brave

First recorded in 1475–85; from Middle French, from Spanish bravo, either from Italian or directly from unattested Vulgar Latin brabus for Latin barbarus barbarous

synonym study for brave

1. Brave, courageous, valiant, fearless, gallant refer to confident bearing in the face of difficulties or dangers. Brave is the most comprehensive: it is especially used of that confident fortitude or daring that actively faces and endures anything threatening. Courageous implies a higher or nobler kind of bravery, especially as resulting from an inborn quality of mind or spirit that faces or endures perils or difficulties without fear and even with enthusiasm. Valiant implies a correspondence between an inner courageousness and external deeds, particularly of physical strength or endurance. Fearless implies unflinching spirit and coolness in the face of danger. Gallant implies a chivalrous, impetuous, or dashing bravery.

usage note for brave

See powwow.

OTHER WORDS FROM brave

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How to use brave in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brave

brave
/ (breɪv) /

adjective
noun
a warrior of a Native American tribe
an obsolete word for bully 1
verb (tr)

Derived forms of brave

bravely, adverbbraveness, nounbravery, noun

Word Origin for brave

C15: from French, from Italian bravo courageous, wild, perhaps ultimately from Latin barbarus barbarous
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