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. "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. "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 colour." (Robert Greene) "Frog and lizard in holiday coats And turtle brave in his golden spots." (Emerson)

Synonyms: Courageous, gallant, daring, valiant, valorous, bold, heroic, intrepid, fearless, dauntless, magnanimous, high-spirited, stout-hearted. See Gallant.

Origin: F. Brave, It. Or Sp. Bravo, (orig) fierce, wild, savage, prob. From. L. Barbarus. See Barbarous, and cf. Bravo.

(01 Mar 1998)

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