- The definition of brave is having courage.
An example of brave is a soldier who goes into combat.
- Brave is defined as someone who has courage, particularly a Native American warrior.
An example of brave is Geronimo.
- Brave means to face something with courage.
An example of brave is to dash into a building on fire to save a youngster.
- willing to face danger, pain, or trouble; not afraid
- showing to good effect; having a fine appearance
- Archaic fine or splendid: a brave new world
Origin of braveFrench ; from Italian bravo, brave, bold, origin, originally , wild, savage ; from Classical Latin barbarus, barbarous
- any brave man
Origin of brave< 17th-c. NAmFr a North American Indian warrior
- Archaic a bully
transitive verbbraved, braving
- to face with courage
- to defy; dare
- Obsolete to make splendid, as in dress
- Possessing or displaying courage.
- Making a fine display; impressive or showy: “a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didn't even have a clear outline” (Anne Tyler).
- Excellent; great: “The Romans were like brothers / In the brave days of old” (Thomas Macaulay).
- A Native American warrior.
- (used with a pl. verb) People who exhibit bravery or courage considered as a group: “O'er the land of the free / And the home of the brave” (Francis Scott Key).
- Archaic A bully.
verbbraved braved, brav·ing, braves
- To endure or face courageously: “He remained in his tent on inclement mornings while others in the party braved the rain &ellipsis; looking for birds” (Bert O. States). “Together they would brave Satan and all his legions” (Emily Bront&edie;).
- Obsolete To make showy or splendid.
verb, intransitive Archaic
Origin of braveMiddle English, from Old French, from Old Italian or Old Spanish bravo, wild, brave, excellent, probably from Vulgar Latin *brabus, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.
(comparative braver, superlative bravest)
- Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
- Samuel Pepys
- It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall.
- Making a fine show or display.
(third-person singular simple present braves, present participle braving, simple past and past participle braved)