- 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: French ; from Italian bravo, brave, bold, origin, originally , wild, savage ; from Classical Latin barbarus, barbarous
- any brave man
Origin: < 17th-c. NAmFra North American Indian warrior
- Archaic a bully
- to face with courage
- to defy; dare
- Obsolete to make splendid, as in dress
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adjective brav·er, brav·est
- Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.
- 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.
- A courageous person.
- Archaic A bully.
- To undergo or face courageously.
- To challenge; dare: “Together they would brave Satan and all his legions” (Emily Brontë).
- Obsolete To make showy or splendid.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian or Old Spanish bravo, wild, brave, excellent, probably from Vulgar Latin *brabus, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.
- braveˈly adverb
- braveˈness noun