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noun (1)

disparaging : child
specifically : an ill-mannered annoying child
a spoiled brat
: an ill-mannered immature person
: the child of a career military person
army brats
also : the child of a person whose career is in a specified and typically unusual field
Hollywood brats
brattiness noun
brattish adjective
bratty adjective


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noun (2)

ˈbrät How to pronounce brat (audio)

Examples of brat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The event features live German music, brats, beer, desserts, cake and pie walks, bingo and carnival games. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 As a military brat growing up in Guam, Spain, Guantánamo Bay and Korea, nothing in my upbringing prepared me for playing a 16th-century British king. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24, Oaks Amusement Park, 805 S.E. Oaks Park Way; gate admission $5-$7 (there is also a parking fee); Buoy Beer Oktoberfest (Astoria): Beers, brats and oom-pah highlight this one-day event that includes a stein-holding competition. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 Each year thousands travel to the farming community to enjoy live German music, plenty of brats and beers, and strolling the streets lined with food and art vendors. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 The Grafton High School Cheer Team will grill up brats, hot dogs and burgers until 7 p.m. There will be performances by Kenny Brandt from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and The Squeezettes from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2023 His two teenage kids, Zach (Jack Champion) and Emily (Lilly Aspell), are bickering brats who habitually block him out with their headphones. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 The Major League Eating speed-eating record for brats is 101 2.3-ounce sausages in 10 minutes, held by Carmen Cincotti. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2023 There's also a dinner train excursion and special outings featuring chocolate and wine, beer and brats, whiskey and cigars, or full-day sightseeing stops in the villages of Haddam and East Haddam. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

perhaps from English dialect brat coarse garment

Noun (2)

by shortening

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brat was circa 1505

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Cite this Entry

“Brat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: child sense 2a
especially : an ill-mannered annoying child
brattish adjective
bratty adjective

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