Brave Brave, a. [Compar. {Braver}; superl. {Bravest}.] [F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus. See {Barbarous}, and cf. {Bravo}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to {cowardly}; as, a brave man; a brave act. [1913 Webster]

2. Having any sort of superiority or excellence; -- especially such as in conspicuous. [Obs. or Archaic as applied to material things.] [1913 Webster]

Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

3. Making a fine show or display. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Wear my dagger with the braver grace. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

For I have gold, and therefore will be brave. In silks I'll rattle it of every color. --Robert Greene. [1913 Webster]

Frog and lizard in holiday coats And turtle brave in his golden spots. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold; heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous; high-spirited; stout-hearted. See {Gallant}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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