chiefly Scotland
: a hillside especially along a river

Examples of brae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brae, or glaciers, too. Marguerite Holloway, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Brae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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