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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brawn, brawniness, muscle, muscularity, sinew, heftinessnoun

    possessing muscular strength


  1. brawnnoun

    Strong muscles or lean flesh, especially of the arm, leg or thumb.

  2. brawnnoun

    Physical strength; muscularity.

  3. brawnnoun

    head cheese; a terrine made from the head of a pig or calf; originally boar's meat.

  4. brawnverb

    Make fat, especially of a boar.

  5. brawnverb

    Become fat, especially of a boar.

  6. Etymology: brawne, from braon, of origin, from *, accusative form of *, from brēdô, from bhre-, from bureue-. Akin to brato (Braten), bræd, bráð.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRAWNnoun

    Etymology: of uncertain etymology.

    The brawn of the arm must appear full, shadowed on one side, then shew the wrist-bone thereof. Henry Peacham.

    But most their looks on the black monarch bend,
    His rising muscles and his brawn commend;
    His double biting ax, and beamy spear,
    Each asking a gigantick force to rear. John Dryden, Fables.

    I’ll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver,
    And in my vantbrace put this wither’d brawn. William Shakespeare.

    I had purpose
    Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn. William Shakespeare.

    Thy boist’rous hands are then of use, when I,
    With this directing head, those hands apply;
    Brawn without brain is thine. John Dryden, Fables.

    The best age for the boar is from two years to five years old, at which time it is best to geld him, or sell him for brawn. John Mortimer.


  1. brawn

    Head cheese (Dutch: hoofdkaas) or brawn is a cold cut terrine or meat jelly that originated in Europe. It is made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig (less commonly a sheep or cow), typically set in aspic, and usually eaten cold, at room temperature, or in a sandwich. Despite its name the dish is not a cheese and contains no dairy products. The parts of the head used vary, and may include the tongue and sometimes the feet and heart but do not commonly include the brain, eyes or ears. Trimmings from more commonly eaten cuts of pork and veal are often used, with gelatin added as a binder. Variations of head cheese exist throughout Europe and the rest of the world, with differences in construction and ingredients. A version pickled with vinegar is known as souse. Historically, meat jellies were made of the head of an animal, less its organs, which would be simmered to produce a naturally gelatinous stock that would congeal as the dish cooled. Meat jellies made this way were commonly a peasant food and have been made since the Middle Ages. Modern head cheese recipes may require additional gelatin, or more often need to be reduced to set properly.


  1. brawn

    Brawn refers to physical strength in contrast to intelligence or mental capacity. It can also refer to a meat dish made from a pig's head and potatoes, typically served cold.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brawnnoun

    a muscle; flesh

  2. Brawnnoun

    full, strong muscles, esp. of the arm or leg, muscular strength; a protuberant muscular part of the body; sometimes, the arm

  3. Brawnnoun

    the flesh of a boar; also, the salted and prepared flesh of a boar

  4. Brawnnoun

    a boar


  1. Brawn

    Brawn is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. All are tough Autobots who turn into offroad vehicles. Brawn is not to be confused with X-Brawn, a very similar character from Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brawn

    brawn, n. muscle, esp. of the arm or calf of the leg: thick flesh: muscular strength: a boar: a preparation of meat made from pig's head and ox-feet, cut up, boiled, and pickled.—adj. Brawned.—n. Brawn′iness, quality of being brawny: muscularity.—adj. Brawn′y, fleshy: muscular: strong. [O. Fr. braon, from Old Ger. brato, flesh (for roasting), Old Ger. brâto (Ger. braten), to roast.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRAWN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brawn is ranked #15429 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brawn surname appeared 1,899 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brawn.

    70.9% or 1,347 total occurrences were White.
    22.4% or 427 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 74 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 25 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brawn in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brawn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of brawn in a Sentence

  1. Zach Miko:

    My dream is for all men is that no matter your size you can walk into a store, pick out something you like, try it on, it fits and looks great, and then pay for it and leave, as far as being the face of Brawn goes, it’s like taking the first humbled feeling and multiplying it by 10. It is such an honor to be the first Brawn model signed to a major international agency. I hope there are a million more after me.

  2. Mark Webber:

    If you look at when Ferrari executed the best, we go back to when it was Ross (Brawn) and Jean (Todt), they had a big mix of culture and I think that's still a bit of a missing link.

  3. Benjamin Hooks:

    There are a lot of ways an oppressed people can rise. One way to rise is to study, to be smarter than your oppressor. The concept of rising against oppression through physical contact is stupid and self-defeating. It exalts brawn over brain. And the most enduring contributions made to civilization have not been made by brawn, they have been made by brain.

  4. Peter Drucker:

    Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

  5. Mark Webber:

    Red Bull is like a Formula Three team compared to Ferrari. With Ferrari there's an article every day in the Gazzetta dello Sport. It's a religion there and being a driver is not easy, if you look at when Ferrari executed the best, we go back to when it was Ross (Brawn) and Jean (Todt).

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Translations for brawn

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  • пача, мускули, физическа силаBulgarian
  • Sülze, MuskelkraftGerman
  • ποντίκιGreek
  • queso de cabezaSpanish
  • voima, lihasmassa, lihakset, lihoa, massa, lihasvoima, syltty, lihottaaFinnish
  • pâté de cochonFrench
  • ブラウンJapanese
  • spieren, spierkracht, zultDutch
  • мускулы, мышцыRussian

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