\ˈbrȯn \

Definition of brawn 

1a British : the flesh of a boar

b : headcheese

2a : full strong muscles

b : muscular strength

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Synonyms for brawn


beef, main, muscle, thew

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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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Ding is the brawn to Wang's brain, organizing and socializing on the artist's behalf. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018 For men, the to-do list included getting a job, becoming a protector and provider, being prepared for eventualities that required brawn, such as skinning a moose or felling a tree. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 America’s new best computer is significant for more than just the geopolitics of computational brawn. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 Neato Botvac Connected The Neato Botvac Connected has both brains and brawn. Staff, USA TODAY, "The best robot vacuums of 2018," 25 Apr. 2018 Our brains much more than our brawn account for our evolutionary successes—as well as our sometimes devastating impacts on the planet. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Brainless Creatures Can Do Some Incredibly Smart Things," 21 May 2018 Over the last nine months, her brawn has proved to be a crucial asset. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 24 Apr. 2018 Her brains and Davis’ brawn are — who could have guessed? — humanity’s only hope for survival. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Rampage' is so bad, you don't even need a brain to watch it," 11 Apr. 2018 The combination of beauty and brawn here is topped off with IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei P20 Pro review: style and substance," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of brawn

: muscular strength


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: muscular strength

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