brazen

1 of 2

adjective

bra·​zen ˈbrā-zᵊn How to pronounce brazen (audio)
1
: made of brass
drinking from brazen cups
2
a
: sounding harsh and loud like struck brass
the horrible brazen voice of the fire bellElmer Davis
b
: of the color of polished brass
3
: marked by shameless or disrespectful boldness
a brazen disregard for the rules
brazenly adverb
brazenness noun

brazen

2 of 2

verb

brazened; brazening ˈbrāz-niŋ How to pronounce brazen (audio)
ˈbrā-zᵊn-iŋ

transitive verb

: to face with defiance or impudence
usually used in the phrase brazen it out

Examples of brazen in a Sentence

Adjective He exhibited a brazen disregard for other people's feelings. a brazen demand for special treatment just because she's rich Verb a filmmaker willing to brazen the criticism that such a violent film was sure to provoke
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Adjective
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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen, from bræs brass

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brazen was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brazen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazen. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

brazen

1 of 2 adjective
bra·​zen ˈbrāz-ᵊn How to pronounce brazen (audio)
1
: made of brass
2
: sounding harsh and loud like struck brass
3
: not ashamed of or embarrassed by one's bad behavior : impudent
4
: of the color of polished brass
brazenly adverb
brazenness noun

brazen

2 of 2 verb
brazened; brazening ˈbrāz-niŋ How to pronounce brazen (audio)
-ᵊn-iŋ
: to face boldly or defiantly
an enemy who'd rather brazen it out than surrender

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