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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Brave
  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.]
    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

noun Brave
  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.]
verb Brave
  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.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. People who are brave ("the home of the free and the brave")
  2. A North American Indian warrior
  3. Face and withstand with courage ("She braved the elements")
  4. Invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  5. 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")
  6. Brightly colored and showy ("girls decked out in brave new dresses" and "brave banners flying")

From French brave, borrowed from Italian bravo, itself either from Provençal brau (“show-off”), from Gaulish *bragos (compare Middle Irish breagha (modern breá) 'fine', Breton braga 'to strut') or from Latin *bravus, from a fusion of pravus and barbarus into a root *bravus. Or else misread from Latin brana, from Gaulish brahaigne, "barren".

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  1. (dated, possibly offensive) A Native American warrior.
  2. (obsolete) A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
  3. (obsolete) A challenge; a defiance; bravado.

brave was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, French, German, Italian, and Norman

Notable Persons Named Brave

Brave Chan Yung is a Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment, Progress of Hong Kong, Chairman of the New Territories Association of Societies, Hong Kong Deputy to the National People's Congress, Member of the North District Council, Chairman of theNew Terr. He was most active from 2013 to present. Brave was born in 1969.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Brave

Sviatoslav the Brave is royalty. He holds the title Grand Prince of Kiev. His career lasted from 945 to 972. Sviatoslav was born as the child of Igor of Kiev and Olga of Kiev in Kiev.


Michael the Brave was royalty. He holds the title Prince of Wallachia, Prince of Transylvania, Prince of Moldavia, List of rulers of Wallachia, and List of rulers of Moldavia. His most notable accomplishments were from 1593 to 1601. Michael was born as the child of Pătrașcu the Good in Târgul de Floci. He passed away on August 9th, 1601.


Bolesław I the Brave is a monarch. They hold the title King of Poland and List of Polish monarchs. Their most notable accomplishments were from 992 to 1025.


Ysabella Brave is a pop, blues, jazz, great american songbook, rock, roll, soul music, rhythm, show tune, gospel music, and soundtrack singer, business and fraud analyst, songwriter, vocalist, former youtube personality, and list of youtubers. She was most prominent from 2006 to 2006. Ysabella was born on December 4th, 1979. Ysabella is also known as MaryAnne.



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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brave U.S.
  White 33.28% 64.26%
  African American 28.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 28.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brave

People with the last name Brave are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Brave

  • How Popular is the name Brave? Brave is the 28,435th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brave was the 38,214th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brave have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 178 babies born with the first name Brave in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brave to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brave? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Brave first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brave is Tuesday, July 15th, 1924.
  • What year had the most people named Brave born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brave was in 2016 with a total of 30 babies.
  • Random Brave Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brave is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Brave: Your name in reverse order is Evarb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rveab. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brave? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 580 people with the last name Brave.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brave? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brave as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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