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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bravenoun

    a North American Indian warrior

  2. braveadjective

    people who are brave

    "the home of the free and the brave"

  3. brave, courageousadjective

    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching

    "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"

  4. audacious, brave, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, unfearingadjective

    invulnerable to fear or intimidation

    "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers"

  5. brave, braw, gayverb

    brightly colored and showy

    "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage"

  6. weather, endure, brave, brave outverb

    face and withstand with courage

    "She braved the elements"


  1. bravenoun

    A Native American warrior.

  2. braveverb

    To encounter with courage and fortitude, to defy

  3. braveverb

    To adorn; to make fine or showy.

    Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced or braved. uE000112232uE001 Shakespeare.

  4. braveadjective

    Strong in the face of fear; courageous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRAVEadjective

    Etymology: brave, Fr.

    An Egyptian soothsayer made Antonius believe, that his genius, which otherways was brave and confident, was, in the presence of Octavius Cæsar, poor and cowardly. Francis Bacon.

    From armed foes to bring a royal prize,
    Shows your brave heart victorious as your eyes. Edmund Waller.

    I’ll prove the prettier fellow of the two,
    And wear my dagger with a braver grace. William Shakespeare.

    Rings put upon his fingers,
    And brave attendants near him, when he wakes;
    Would not the beggar then forget himself? William Shakespeare.

    But whosoe’er it was nature design’d
    First a brave place, and then as brave a mind. John Denham.

    Let not old age disgrace my high desire,
    O heavenly soul, in human shape contain’d;
    Old wood inflam’d doth yield the bravest fire,
    When younger doth in smoke his virtue spend. Philip Sidney.

    If there be iron-ore, and mills, iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth. Francis Bacon.

    If a statesman has not this science, he must be subject to a braver man than himself, whose province it is to direct all his actions to this end. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedication.

  2. Bravenoun

    Etymology: brave, Fr.

    Hot braves, like thee, may fight, but know not well
    To manage this, the last great stake. Dryden.

    Morat’s too insolent, too much a brave,
    His courage to his envy is a slave. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    There end thy brave, and turn thy face in peace;
    We grant thou canst outscold us. William Shakespeare, King John.

  3. To Braveverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He upbraids Iago, that he made him
    Brave me upon the watch. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    My nobles leave me, and my state is brav’d,
    Ev’n at my gates, with ranks of foreign powers. William Shakespeare.

    The ills of love, not those of fate I fear;
    These I can brave, but those I cannot bear. Dryden.

    Like a rock unmov’d, a rock that braves
    The raging tempest, and the rising waves. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Both particular persons and factions are apt enough to flatter themselves, or, at least, to brave that which they believe not. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 16.


  1. Brave

    Brave is the second single from Idina Menzels third studio album I Stand. The song was written by Menzel and Glen Ballard and was released on November 6, 2007. It reached the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart peaking at #19 on March 29, 2008.


  1. brave

    Brave refers to the quality or characteristic of showing courage or fearlessness in the face of danger, difficulty, pain or uncertainty. It involves the willingness to confront something frightening, risky or challenging, and persist in spite of fear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brave

    bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act

  2. Brave

    having any sort of superiority or excellence; -- especially such as in conspicuous

  3. Brave

    making a fine show or display

  4. Bravenoun

    a brave person; one who is daring

  5. Bravenoun

    specifically, an Indian warrior

  6. Bravenoun

    a man daring beyond discretion; a bully

  7. Bravenoun

    a challenge; a defiance; bravado

  8. Braveverb

    to encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at defiance; to defy; to dare

  9. Braveverb

    to adorn; to make fine or showy


  1. Brave

    Brave is the seventh studio album by Marillion, released in 1994. It charted at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart, being the last of the band's albums to reach the Top 10. Raw ranked Brave as one of the 20 greatest albums of 1994. In 2000 it was selected by Classic Rock as one of the "30 Best Albums of the 90s", and in 2003 as one of "Rock's 30 Greatest Concept Albums".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brave

    brāv, adj. daring, courageous: noble: finely dressed, showy, handsome (Scot. Braw): a general word for excellent, capital.—v.t. to meet boldly: to defy.—n. (obs.) a bully, a hired assassin: a brave soldier, esp. among the North American Indians: (arch.) bravado: (arch.) bravo.—adv. Brave′ly (Scot. Braw′ly), excellently, well.—n. Brav′ery, courage: heroism: finery, showy dress. [Fr. brave; It. and Sp. bravo; prob. from Celt., as in Bret. braga, to strut about, Gael. breagh, fine. See Brag.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brave

    This word was not only used to express courage by our early seamen, but was also applied to strength; as, "we had a brave wind."

Editors Contribution

  1. braveadjective

    Courageux au combat, devant un ennemi

    Submitted by davidb on June 21, 2021  

  2. brave

    To have or display courage.

    She was brave when it came to bungee jumping and skydiving, she loved it.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2017  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRAVE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brave is ranked #38214 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brave surname appeared 580 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Brave.

    33.2% or 193 total occurrences were White.
    28.7% or 167 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    28.6% or 166 total occurrences were Black.
    4.6% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brave' in Adjectives Frequency: #661

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brave in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of brave in a Sentence

  1. Tom Rice:

    Obviously I do stand by my impeachment vote, i don't think it was a brave decision. I thought it was the right decision. It's never the wrong time to do the right thing.

  2. Shukor Yusof:

    Over the last six months of 2014, very few airlines were brave enough to go into the market and if they did, it was in very small volumes.

  3. Rodan of Alexandria:

    Only a brave person is willing to honestly admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers.

  4. Doug Ducey:

    The brave men and women of the Arizona National Guard are standing in the gaps, their mission directly contributes to the success of law enforcement officers working to maintain law and order on Arizona’s southern border. I’m grateful to all those who serve our state and are working day and night to keep Arizonans safe.

  5. Tom Malinowski:

    Thousands of Russians have been incredibly brave and going out to the streets to demonstrate, and many of them have been arrested, this is a tragedy for the Russian people, almost as much as it's a tragedy for the Ukrainian people.

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