- possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
- making a fine appearance.
- Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.
- a brave person.
- a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.
- a bully.
- a boast or challenge.
- to meet or face courageously: to brave misfortunes.
- to defy; challenge; dare.
- Obsolete. to make splendid.
- Obsolete. to boast; brag.
Origin of brave
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Examples from the Web for braver
It is difficult to conceive of a braver woman alive today than Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs. the Campus Thought Police
April 10, 2014
So even though Israelis are painfully aware of the never-ending threats, they're also braver because of them.Why are the Israelis so Damn Happy?
April 14, 2013
Seems like people in dangerous neighborhoods are braver and trust in God more than people in safer neighborhoods-if you ask me.'Let's Talk About Guns' Live Chat Transcript
January 25, 2013
Kidon operatives are even more innovative, braver, and physically fitter than other Mossad men and women.Are Israeli Agents Assassinating Iranian Scientists? A New Book Argues
Dan Raviv, Yossi Melman
July 7, 2012
Yes, he could have been braver about closing Guantánamo and undoing the damage to civil liberties inflicted by George W. Bush.Obama Stump Speech Reflects More Modest Vision of America’s Global Ambitions
May 7, 2012
Nor is there any place in the world where a soldier might lie in braver company.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Even Alice, who was braver than most girls, stayed in a corner.Frank Roscoe's Secret
But the maiden had a brother, who was stronger and braver than any one for miles around.The Chinese Fairy Book
You are nobler than I am, and stronger, far stronger, and purer and braver.The Christian
"It asks a braver man than you to compel my obedience," she told him.Mistress Wilding
- having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
- fine; splendida brave sight; a brave attempt
- archaic excellent or admirable
- a warrior of a Native American tribe
- an obsolete word for bully 1
- to dare or defyto brave the odds
- to confront with resolution or courageto brave the storm
- obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
Word Origin and History for braver
late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.
Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).
"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.