bravery

noun

brav·​ery ˈbrāv-rē How to pronounce bravery (audio)
ˈbrā-və-
plural braveries
1
: the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty : the quality or state of being brave : courage
showing bravery under fire
2
a
: fine clothes
wearing their Sunday bravery
b
: showy display
… the streets strewed with flowers and full of pageantry, banners, and bravery.John Evelyn

Examples of bravery in a Sentence

He received a medal for bravery. children in their Sunday bravery
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Middle French braverie "bravado, challenge, audacity," from braver "to challenge, flout, brave entry 2" + -erie -ery

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bravery was in 1548

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“Bravery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bravery. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bravery

noun
brav·​ery ˈbrāv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce bravery (audio)
plural braveries
1
: the quality or state of being brave : fearlessness
2
a
: fine clothes
b
: impressive or showy display

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