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[n] people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave"
[n] a North American Indian warrior
[adj] invulnerable to fear or intimidation; "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers"
[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; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
[adj] 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"
[v] face or endure with courage; "She braved the elements"

Misc. Definitions

\Brave\ (br[=a]v), a. [Compar. {Braver}; superl. {Bravest}.] [F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus. See {Barbarous}, and cf. {Bravo}.]
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}.
\Brave\, n.
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} (br[=a]vd); 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.

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