brav·​ery | \ ˈbrāv-rē How to pronounce bravery (audio) , ˈbrā-və- \
plural braveries

Definition of bravery

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
2a : fine clothes wearing their Sunday bravery
b : showy display … the streets strewed with flowers and full of pageantry, banners, and bravery.— John Evelyn

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Examples of bravery in a Sentence

He received a medal for bravery. children in their Sunday bravery
Recent Examples on the Web Seven people will be honored in Boston Friday night for acts of bravery in the face of critical danger., 10 Sep. 2021 Read more: Johnson's actions were widely recognized in Detroit and upheld as the kind of bravery that first responders show. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2021 The acts of bravery led to Baker becoming the first American woman to receive the French War Cross. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, 23 Aug. 2021 Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, is being praised by family, friends and neighbors for his generosity and bravery. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2021 Special Immigrant Visa) applications, writing letters vouching for their service and bravery, and purchasing plane tickets to get them out of the country. NBC News, 24 Aug. 2021 While the obstruction was manageable on the highway, squeezing through tight city streets with pedestrians and parked cars required equal parts concentration and bravery. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2021 Courage needs to be redefined in the military, Lieutenant Colonel Phelps adds, so that the bravery needed to fly a jet into enemy territory isn’t all that’s valued. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 Such bravery was typical of Singh, a light rail operator. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of bravery

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bravery

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

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The first known use of bravery was in 1548

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14 Sep 2021

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“Bravery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bravery

: the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening : the quality or state of being brave : courage


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