- 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 braving
Breakfast raving, or “Braving,” as it will no doubt become known, is set to get the whole world confident with dancing sober.The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave Is New York’s Latest Exercise Trend
May 8, 2014
When Moore was little, the two would spend almost all of August at Disney World, braving the humidity and crowds.‘Escape From Tomorrow’: Making Disney’s Worst Nightmare
October 9, 2013
In this clip from 2005, Al Roker chats with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric while braving extreme rain and wind in Naples, Florida.Hilarious Wind-Blown Reporters
August 29, 2012
Hailed in the West as “sheroes” for braving a repressive society, Pussy Riot has infuriated the Kremlin for months.Protests Couldn’t Save Pussy Riot From Two-Year Prison Sentence
August 17, 2012
Braving gale-force winds, heading off the Falklands, or saving lost hikers—the Duke of Cambridge has become an action figure.Prince William's Dramatic Rescue Mission Boosts Royals' Image
November 28, 2011
He had a confounded assurance, the devil's own cheek, familiar with danger, and braving it.L'Assommoir
Perhaps you think that I am braving you in what I am saying now, as in what I said before about the tears and prayers.Apology
His faithful Duke was with him, braving a temperature of -32°.
He needs me, he loves me, he is braving the wrath of the world and of heaven for my sake.In a Little Town
What object can he possibly have in braving three times his force in a gale like this?The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
- 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 braving
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.