brawn

noun

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

Examples of brawn in a Sentence

an actor who is more famous for his brawn than for his talent
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of brawn was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawn. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

brawn

noun
1
: full strong muscles
2
: muscular strength
3
British : the meat of a boar
brawniness
ˈbrȯ-nē-nəs
noun
brawny
ˈbrȯ-nē
adjective

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