- 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 braves
Except the Braves did not win 14 straight pennants (they did win 14 straight division titles), and Smoltz is a also Republican.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
In a chapter titled “Fox Den,” he braves brambles in an attempt to follow his neighborhood urban fox.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places
July 8, 2014
It seems telling that “Braves” was somehow not authentic enough for Marshall.The Racist Redskins
June 1, 2013
The braves made trouble with neighboring tribes, attracting the displeasure of the Canadian Mounties.Sitting Bull's Cinco De Mayo
May 6, 2013
We need our tough-guy writers just like we need everyone who braves the vast fields of unpretentious, popular fiction.Why Crime Novelists Don't Get Women
April 12, 2010
Will Messer Agostino give us the names of any of the braves who were with him?The Strolling Saint
But those three braves yonder are something more than convalescent.The Trampling of the Lilies
Just then a whoop rang out from the braves at the gap and was followed by a chorus of them.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
It is only because he braves us that we pursue him, and in the face of our opponents and Parliament we cannot do less.Lord Kilgobbin
"The bodies of the two braves still lie upon the ground," said Raven Wing.Hawk Eye
- 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 braves
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.