13th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English bra, from Old Norse brā eyelid; akin to Old English brǣw eyebrow, and probably to Old English bregdan to move quickly — more at braid
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“Brae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brae. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.
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