- Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.
- 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.]
- 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.]synonyms: Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold; heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous; high-spirited; stout-hearted. See Gallant.
Etymology: F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus. See Barbarous, and cf. Bravo