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Definition of brawn

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

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an actor who is more famous for his brawn than for his talent
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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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“Brawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brawn

: muscular strength


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: muscular strength

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