American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Solid and well-developed muscles, especially of the arms and legs.
- n. Muscular strength and power.
- n. Chiefly British The meat of a boar.
- n. Headcheese.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Boar's flesh; the flesh of the boar or of swine, collared so as to squeeze out much of the fat, boiled, and pickled.
- n. A boar.
- n. The flesh of a muscular part of the body: as, the brawn of the arm, thigh, etc.
- n. Well-developed muscles; muscular strength.
- n. Figuratively, the arm: from its muscles or strength.
- n. Head-cheese.
- n. Strong muscles or lean flesh, especially of the arm, leg or thumb.
- n. Physical strength; muscularity.
- n. chiefly UK head cheese; a terrine made from the head of a pig or calf; originally boar's meat.
- v. transitive Make fat, especially of a boar.
- v. intransitive Become fat, especially of a boar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A muscle; flesh.
- n. Full, strong muscles, esp. of the arm or leg, muscular strength; a protuberant muscular part of the body; sometimes, the arm.
- n. The flesh of a boar; also, the salted and prepared flesh of a boar.
- n. obsolete A boar.
- n. possessing muscular strength
- Middle English brawne, from Old French braon ("slice of meat, fleshy part, buttock"), from Frankish *brādon, accusative form of *brādo ("roasted meat, ham"), from Proto-Germanic *brēdô (“meat, roast”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhre- (“to burn, heat”), from Proto-Indo-European *bureue- (“to boil, bubble, burn”). Akin to Old High German brāto ("tender meat") (German Braten ("roast")), Old English brǣd ("flesh, meat"), Old Norse bráð ("raw meat"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, muscle, from Old French braon, meat, of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Upon the second period, that which I call the brawn in his life, these exercises will not permit me long to dwell.”
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