1 of 2


: a thin nail of the same thickness throughout but tapering in width and having a slight projection at the top of one side instead of a head
: a slender wire nail with a small barrel-shaped head


2 of 2


bradded; bradding

transitive verb

: to fasten with brads

Examples of brad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Following the template, punch holes in the cardboard pieces and connect the face and cardboard pieces with brads. Rachelle Doorley, Parents, 16 Aug. 2023 Attach wheel to plate with a gold brad. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 3 Oct. 2022 Attach the wheel to the plate with a gold brad, and attach jute rope to the rim with hot-glue. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 11 Oct. 2022 Secure the plywood until the glue dries with a couple brad nails. Shara McCuiston, Popular Mechanics, 10 July 2021 Attach each corner with a brad ($2 for 50, Hobby Lobby). Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Apr. 2021 Create a symmetrical painting, draw mirror images with a sibling or parent or use brads to make something that moves like the arms of the Hammering Men. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2020 So unless your hall stand has been jostled and tipped a lot, which would probably happen during moves, the brads holding the backing in place aren’t likely to be under much pressure. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2019 The duo will no doubt get a boost from their reps, CAA, Untitled Entertainment's Jason Weinberg and chief global brad officer Jordan Dinenberg of W2E. Wilson is additionally repped by sports agent and attorney Mark Rodgers. Chris Gardner, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2019 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'brad.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History



Middle English, from Old Norse broddr spike; perhaps akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brad was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near brad

Cite this Entry

“Brad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a thin nail with a small cylindrical head

More from Merriam-Webster on brad

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!