- 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender:
- Let me, ah! lette me in your folds ye lock, / Ere the breme winter breede you greater griefe.
- 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence:
- The same to him glad Summer or the Winter breme.
- , Drayton;
- From the septentrion cold, in the breme freezing air.
From Middle English, from Old English brēme (“famous, glorious, noble”), from Proto-Germanic *brōmiz (“famous”), from *bʰrem- (“to make noise”).