Origin of brailMiddle English ; from Old French braiel, a cincture, belt for trousers ; from braie ; from Classical Latin braca, plural bracae, breeches ; from Gaulish an unverified form braca
- One of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up.
- A small net for drawing fish from a trap or a larger net into a boat.
transitive verbbrailed, brail·ing, brails
- To gather in (a sail) with brails.
- To haul in (fish) with a brail.
Origin of brailMiddle English braile, from Old French brail, belt, from Medieval Latin bracale, from Latin bracae, breeches; see bracket.
(third-person singular simple present brails, present participle brailing, simple past and past participle brailed)
Old French braiel, from Medieval Latin bracale ‘girdle’ (from bracae ‘breeches’).