\ ˈbrȯn How to pronounce brawn (audio) \

Definition of brawn

1a British : the flesh of a boar
2a : full strong muscles
b : muscular strength

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Examples of brawn in a Sentence

an actor who is more famous for his brawn than for his talent
Recent Examples on the Web No other vehicle on the road has a higher proportion of brains to brawn. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 The story centers on a safe-space orphanage full of Touched individuals, led by Penance's brain and Amalia's brawn. Darren Franich,, 8 Apr. 2021 As initial rescue efforts floundered, the Egyptians were joined by international salvage teams that brought the expertise and brawn necessary to dislodge the 220,000-ton ship. NBC News, 2 Apr. 2021 The new tower at 175 Park has the big floor plates that contemporary tenants demand (indeed, the new Midtown East zoning was explicitly written to encourage megabuildings like this), and what’s on view is less grace, more brawn. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 4 Feb. 2021 Deep Blue represented a triumph of machine brawn over a single human brain. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2016 In fact, the former star of The Office is the current JR, reimagined as a bit more of an intellectual hero than one of pure heroic brawn. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 1 Feb. 2021 Flush with high-end offensive defensemen, Minnesota uses both Fish and the 6-1, 190-pound Matt Staudacher to supply some brawn. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 28 Jan. 2021 The nascent global supply chain, now pressed to scale to billions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, has just a few producers of many key ingredients and needs our collective brains and brawn to expand rapidly enough to defeat this pandemic. Andrey Zarur, STAT, 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of brawn

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for brawn

Middle English, from Anglo-French braon flesh, muscle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brǣd flesh

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17 Jun 2021

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“Brawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brawn

: muscular strength


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: muscular strength

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