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brass

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noun \ ˈbras \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of brass

1 :an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions
2 a :the brass instruments of an orchestra or band often used in plural
b :a usually brass memorial tablet
c :bright metal fittings, utensils, or ornaments
d :empty cartridge shells
3 :brazen self-assurance :gall
4 singular or plural in construction
a :high-ranking members of the military
b :persons in high positions (as in a business or the government)

Examples of brass in a Sentence

  1. a candlestick made of brass

  2. The whole orchestra—the strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass—began to play.

  3. The brasses began to play.

  4. polishing the brass and the silver

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Origin and Etymology of brass

Middle English bras, from Old English bræs; akin to Middle Low German bras metal


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brass

adjective

Definition of brass

1 :made of brass
  • a brass cannon
— see also brass ring, brass tacks
2 :made up of or composed for brass musical instruments
  • the band's brass section
— see also brass band

First Known Use of brass

15th century



BRASS Defined for Kids

brass

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noun \ ˈbras \

Definition of brass for Students

1 :an alloy made by combining copper and zinc
2 :the musical instruments of an orchestra or band that are usually made of brass and include the cornets, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas


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