brass

1 of 2

noun

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)

brass

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adjective

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

Examples of brass in a Sentence

Noun a candlestick made of brass The whole orchestra—the strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass—began to play. The brasses began to play. polishing the brass and the silver
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The trinkets and knick knacks are beautifully curated and, yes, many of them are brass animal collectibles. Kayleigh Ruller, Charlotte Observer, 2 Apr. 2024 The unit has a black frame with two woven rattan drawers at the front, each adorned with a brass knob for an elegant touch. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2024 Even inexpensive, imitation Tiffany-style light fixtures feature beautiful colors, signature dragonflies, and brass bases like the million-dollar originals. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2024 The firm incorporated many raw materials, such as seamless concrete, maple wood, exposed brick, and lime plaster, and paired them against sleeker materials and finishes that include honed and polished marble, glass, and brass accents. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The interiors are reminiscent of yachts, with plenty of rich wood and brass accents. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2024 Behind her, the Polo Club gleamed the dull gleam of brass and mahogany, feather dusters and floor wax. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 Most of all, O’Leary rightly worries that the top airline brass don’t have their hands on the levers and valves that power the factory floor. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2024 Named for its intricate brass espresso maker that serves custom-roasted coffee and Italian-style espresso, this spot is a surprising treat in a town of about 14,000. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brass was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brass. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

brass

noun
1
: an alloy containing copper and zinc
2
: the reddish yellow color of brass
3
: the brass instruments of a band or orchestra
often used in plural
4
: bright metal ornaments, fixtures, or utensils
5
: bold self-assurance : gall
6
: high-ranking officers especially in the armed forces
brass adjective

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