Brave a. [Compar. Braver; superl. Bravest.]
1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.
2. Having any sort of superiority or excellence; -- especially such as in conspicuous. [Obs. or Archaic as applied to material things.]
Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth. --Bacon.
It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall. --Pepys.
3. Making a fine show or display. [Archaic]
Wear my dagger with the braver grace. --Shak.
For I have gold, and therefore will be brave.
In silks I'll rattle it of every color. --Robert Greene.
Frog and lizard in holiday coats
And turtle brave in his golden spots. --Emerson.
Syn: -- Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold; heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous; high-spirited; stout-hearted. See Gallant.
1. A brave person; one who is daring.
The star-spangled banner, O,long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. --F. S. Key.
2. Specifically, an Indian warrior.
3. A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
Hot braves like thee may fight. --Dryden.
4. A challenge; a defiance; bravado. [Obs.]
Demetrius, thou dost overween in all;
And so in this, to bear me down with braves. --Shak.
Brave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braved p. pr. & vb. n. Braving.]
1. To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at defiance; to defy; to dare.
These I can brave, but those I can not bear. --Dryden.
2. To adorn; to make fine or showy. [Obs.]
Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced or braved. --Shak.
adj 1: 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" [syn: courageous, fearless]
2: invulnerable to fear or intimidation; "audacious explorers";
"fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid
pioneers" [syn: audacious, dauntless, fearless, intrepid,
3: 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" [syn: braw, gay]
n 1: a North American Indian warrior
2: people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave"
v : face or endure with courage; "She braved the elements" [syn:
weather, endure, brave out]