brack·​et | \ ˈbra-kət How to pronounce bracket (audio) \

Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an overhanging member that projects from a structure (such as a wall) and is usually designed to support a vertical load or to strengthen an angle
2 : a fixture (as for holding a lamp) projecting from a wall or column
3a : one of a pair of marks [ ] used in writing and printing to enclose matter or in mathematics and logic as signs of aggregation

called also square bracket

b : one of the pair of marks 〈 〉 used to enclose matter

called also angle bracket

4 : a section of a continuously numbered or graded series (such as age ranges or income levels)
5 : a pairing of opponents in an elimination tournament


bracketed; bracketing; brackets

Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to place within or as if within brackets editorial comments are bracketed news stories bracketed by commercials
b : to eliminate from consideration bracket off politics
c : to extend around so as to encompass : include test pressures … which bracket virtually the entire range of passenger-car tire pressuresConsumer Reports
2 : to furnish or fasten with brackets
3 : to put in the same category or group bracketed in a tie for third
4a : to get the range on (a target) by firing over and short
b : to establish the limits of bracketed the problem neatly
c : to take photographs of at more than one exposure in order to ensure that the desired exposure is obtained

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bracket

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of bracket in a Sentence

Noun The shelf is held up with two brackets. There are wall brackets in the garage for the rakes and shovels. She is taller than average for her age bracket. He earned enough to put him in a higher tax bracket. She is now in a lower income bracket than before. Verb I wouldn't exactly bracket your paintings with those of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Post 146 & 760 downed Post 282 Cobras in the losers’ bracket final by a 4-2 score to reach the final. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 Coming into Saturday’s final against CMW’s Ceballos, Vijayakumar hadn’t dropped a single game in her five matches through the region and state bracket. Brent Kennedy,, 20 June 2021 The Blue team got a bye based on the top regular-season record and faced off against Steve Howard’s Gray club who worked its way through the tournament bracket for a winner-take-all finale. Emmett Hall,, 10 June 2021 Garcia threw 217 pitches in the first two days of the tournament, but the No. 2 Bruins fell into the losers’ bracket, forcing them to play an elimination game while competing for a third consecutive day. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Florida State, which emerged from the losers’ bracket in Oklahoma City, will attempt to win its second national title in the past three tournaments. Mike Rodak |, al, 7 June 2021 In the end, the path through the losers’ bracket was too much, the 27 innings of weekend baseball too taxing. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 7 June 2021 Oklahoma, seeking the program’s fifth championship, must now come through the losers’ bracket. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Augustana lost 8-7 to Henderson State of Arkadelphia, Ark., in 11 innings in the losers' bracket. Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These fraught welcomes bracket the show, open but wary, tinged with violence., 8 July 2021 The Empire play the Ultra at 5 p.m. Friday for an appearance in the winners bracket final. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 17 June 2021 The sophomore was also 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate in the 7-2 winners bracket victory over Appalachian. Dennis Victory, al, 18 May 2021 But Dallas patched up its wounds and strolled its way to a June Joust winners bracket final. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 10 June 2021 Teams losing in either the winners bracket first or second round will have to play four elimination games on the second day to win the championship. Dennis Victory, al, 16 May 2021 The Rebels advance to the 2A winners bracket final. Reports, al, 19 May 2021 The new teams will play to the winners bracket final and two rounds of elimination play – three games total for teams that win – in the double-elimination tournament. Reports, al, 19 May 2021 Dallas was already an underdog entering the Call of Duty League winners bracket matchup. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of bracket


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bracket


perhaps from Middle French braguette codpiece, from diminutive of brague breeches, from Old Occitan braga, from Latin braca, of Celtic origin — more at breech

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The first known use of bracket was in 1574

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“Bracket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object that is attached to a wall and used to support or hold up something (such as a shelf)
: a category that includes a certain range of incomes, ages, etc.
: either one of a pair of marks [ ] or 〈 〉 used to enclose words or mathematical symbols



English Language Learners Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place (words, symbols, etc.) within brackets
: to be located at each side of (something)
: to put (two or more people or things) into the same category, group, etc.


brack·​et | \ ˈbra-kət How to pronounce bracket (audio) \

Kids Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a support for a weight (as a shelf) that is usually attached to a wall
2 : one of a pair of marks [ ] ( square brackets ) used to enclose letters or numbers or in mathematics to enclose items to be treated together
3 : one of a pair of marks 〈 〉 ( angle brackets ) used to enclose letters or numbers
4 : group entry 1 sense 1, category an age bracket


bracketed; bracketing

Kids Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place within brackets
2 : to put into the same class : group

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