An example of a brank is a metal cage worn around a woman who gossiped in the Middle Ages.
Origin of brank
- Possibly from Dutch branken legs (of a compass, scissors, etc.) pl. of branke branch from Late Latin branca paw branch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Compare Gaelic brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Irish brancas, halter, or Dutch pranger, fetter.