See also: bravé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French brave, borrowed from Italian bravo, itself of uncertain origin (see there).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: brāv, IPA(key): /bɹeɪv/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪv

AdjectiveEdit

brave (comparative braver, superlative bravest)

  1. Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
    Synonyms: bold, daring, doughty, orped, resilient, stalwart
    Antonyms: cowardly, fearful, mean, weak
  2. (obsolete) Having any sort of superiority or excellence.
  3. Making a fine show or display.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv]:
      Wear my dagger with the braver grace.
    • 1611, John Cooke, Greene's Tu Quoque
      For I have gold, and therefore will be brave. / In silks I'll rattle it of every color.
    • 1867, Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day
      Frog and lizard in holiday coats / And turtle brave in his golden spots.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, [] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.

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NounEdit

brave (plural braves)

  1. (dated) A Native American warrior.
  2. (obsolete) A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
  3. (obsolete) A challenge; a defiance; bravado.

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VerbEdit

brave (third-person singular simple present braves, present participle braving, simple past and past participle braved)

  1. (transitive) To encounter with courage and fortitude, to defy, to provoke.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act IV, sc. 3:
      For Cassius is aweary of the world;
      Hated by one he loves; braved by his brother;
      Checked like a bondman; all his faults observed,
      Set in a notebook, learned, and conned by rote,
      To cast into my teeth.
    • 1670, John Dryden, The Indian Emperour, or, The Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards:
      The ills of Love, not those of Fate, I fear,
      These I can brave, but those I cannot bear []
    • 1773, A Farmer, Rivington's New-York Gazetteer, Number 53, December 2
      [] but they [Parliament] never will be braved into it.
    After braving tricks on the high-dive, he braved a jump off the first diving platform.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To adorn; to make fine or showy.
    • ca. 1590–92, William Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, sc. 3 (addressed to a tailor; first use in sense of "adorn", second and third uses in sense of "confront"):
      Face not me. Thou hast braved many men; brave
      not me. I will neither be faced nor braved.

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Etymology 1Edit

brava +‎ -e

AdverbEdit

brave

  1. bravely, valiantly

Etymology 2Edit

From Italian bravo.

InterjectionEdit

brave

  1. bravo

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably borrowed from Italian bravo. Compare Spanish, Portuguese bravo. Doublet of bravo.

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brave (plural braves)

  1. brave
  2. honest

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brave m (plural braves)

  1. hero

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GermanEdit

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brave

  1. inflection of brav:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

brave

  1. feminine plural of bravo

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin *bravus.

AdjectiveEdit

brave m or f

  1. brave

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

brave

  1. definite singular/plural of brav

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brave

  1. first-person singular present/imperative middle of brūti (to say)