Definitions for: Brave


[n] people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave"
[n] a North American Indian warrior
[adj] invulnerable to fear or intimidation; "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers"
[adj] possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
[adj] brightly colored and showy; "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage"
[v] face or endure with courage; "She braved the elements"



Webster (1913) Definition: Brave (br[=a]v), a. [Compar. Braver; superl.
Bravest.] [F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce,
wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus. See Barbarous, and
cf. Bravo.]
1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to
cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.

2. Having any sort of superiority or excellence; --
especially such as in conspicuous. [Obs. or Archaic as
applied to material things.]

Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
--Bacon.

It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall.
--Pepys.

3. Making a fine show or display. [Archaic]

Wear my dagger with the braver grace. --Shak.

For I have gold, and therefore will be brave. In
silks I'll rattle it of every color. --Robert
Greene.

Frog and lizard in holiday coats And turtle brave in
his golden spots. --Emerson.

Syn: Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold;
heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous;
high-spirited; stout-hearted. See Gallant.


Brave, n.
1. A brave person; one who is daring.

The star-spangled banner, O,long may it wave O'er
the land of the free and the home of the brave. --F.
S. Key.

2. Specifically, an Indian warrior.

3. A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.

Hot braves like thee may fight. --Dryden.

4. A challenge; a defiance; bravado. [Obs.]

Demetrius, thou dost overween in all; And so in
this, to bear me down with braves. --Shak.


Brave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braved (br[=a]vd); p. pr. &
vb. n. Braving.]
1. To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at
defiance; to defy; to dare.

These I can brave, but those I can not bear.
--Dryden.

2. To adorn; to make fine or showy. [Obs.]

Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast
braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced
or braved. --Shak.

Synonyms: audacious, bold, brave out, braw, colorful, courageous, dauntless, desperate, endure, fearless, gallant, game, gamey, gamy, gay, gritty, heroic, intrepid, lionhearted, mettlesome, spirited, spunky, stalwart, stouthearted, undaunted, unfearing, valiant, valorous, weather

Antonyms: cautious, coward(a), cowardly, fearful, timid

See Also: adventuresome, adventurous, defy, hold, hold up, people, resolute, unafraid(p), warrior, withstand

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