brass

noun
\ ˈbras How to pronounce brass (audio) \

Definition of brass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions
2a : 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

adjective

Definition of brass (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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
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Havard -- as well as the top brass at the Louisiana Department of Corrections -- are worried that Louisiana's prison system has too many female prison guards and doesn't pay correctional officers enough money to attract men to the job. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Male lawmaker offends female colleagues in Louisiana House -- again," 10 May 2018 No suitable postings had been identified, leaving McMaster — long an iconoclast among the top brass — with no choice but retirement. Time, "H.R. McMaster Resigns. John Bolton Named Trump's New National Security Advisor," 22 Mar. 2018 The accessories, beloved by Katie Holmes and beau Jamie Foxx, are all handmade from brass and steel, with the exception of his coin pieces (the vintage coins are sourced abroad from Europe and the Middle East). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Got Katie Holmes Hooked on This Unisex Jewelry Brand," 21 Nov. 2018 His attempt to draw a connection between the cases was met with indifference from department brass, Shelby said. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Why did it take so long to arrest the Golden State Killer suspect? Interagency rivalries, old technology, errors and bad luck," 25 May 2018 Last year, Johnson got a phone call from the Houston Rodeo brass. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Cody Johnson: The Best Country Singer You Haven't Heard Yet," 19 Mar. 2018 Combating these threats will require a broader understanding of national security, one that includes business and nonprofit leaders as well as military brass. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Military-Industrial Complex," 2 Jan. 2019 People close to the matter said Thursday that Kelly’s lawyers and NBC brass planned to meet Friday to hash out the details of their relationship. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show is canceled," 26 Oct. 2018 WeWork’s top brass talk of its becoming a $100bn firm; others regard a tag of $20bn as already extremely stretched. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of brass

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century , in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brass

Noun

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

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

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brass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brass

: a yellow metal that is made by combining copper and zinc
: musical instruments (such as trumpets, trombones, and tubas) that are made of brass
: bright metal objects made of brass

brass

noun
\ ˈbras How to pronounce brass (audio) \

Kids Definition of brass

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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