\ 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
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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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23 Jul 2022

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