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brave (adj.)

"exhibiting courage or courageous endurance," late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," a word of uncertain origin. Possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested, and there may be a confusion of two or more words. Related: Bravely.

Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).

brave (v.)

"to face with bravery," 1761, from French braver, from brave "valiant" (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.

brave (n.)

"North American Indian warrior," 1827, from brave (adj.). Earlier "a hector, a bully" (1590s); "brave, bold, or daring person" (c. 1600). Compare bravado, bravo.

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Definitions of brave from WordNet
1
brave (adj.)
brightly colored and showy;
brave banners flying
girls decked out in brave new dresses
Synonyms: braw / gay
brave (adj.)
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;
Synonyms: courageous
brave (adj.)
invulnerable to fear or intimidation;
Synonyms: audacious / dauntless / fearless / hardy / intrepid / unfearing
2
brave (n.)
a North American Indian warrior;
brave (n.)
people who are brave;
the home of the free and the brave
3
brave (v.)
face and withstand with courage;
She braved the elements
Synonyms: weather / endure / brave out
From wordnet.princeton.edu