- a boar's or swine's flesh, especially when boiled and pickled.
Origin of brawn
Examples from the Web for brawn
As governor of California, Schwarzenegger himself demonstrated the limits of American brawn.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?|Andrew Romano|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is the place where automakers show off brawn, power, and sex appeal.Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show|Daniel Gross|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It never entered his head during those early days that all the brawn of all the manhood of the nation would be needed.The Rough Road|William John Locke
A pair of cold capons, a mortress of brawn, or what you will, with a flask or two of the right Gascony.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
Brain and not brawn will endure, and the captains of war will be commanded by the captains of industry.War of the Classes|Jack London
If the fellow's spirit were equal to his bone and brawn, he would o'ertop, Julius Caesar.The Red Acorn|John McElroy
We may have been a little bit better off in brawn, but they had it on us in the matter of brain.Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball|J. W. Duffield
British Dictionary definitions for brawn
Word Origin for brawn
Word Origin and History for brawn
late 13c., from Old French braon "fleshy or muscular part, buttock," from Frankish *brado "ham, roast" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *bred-on- (cf. Old High German brato "tender meat," German Braten "roast," Old Norse brað "raw meat," Old English bræd "flesh"), from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)). The original sense is "piece of meat suitable for roasting." "The specific sense 'boar's flesh' is exclusively of English development, and characteristic of English habits" [OED].