Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who makes brass articles.
  • n. A metal pan for holding burning coals or charcoal.
  • n. A cooking device consisting of a charcoal or electric heating source over which food is grilled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An upright standing or hanging metal bowl used for holding burning coal for a source of light or heat.
  • n. A worker in brass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as brasier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificer who works in brass.
  • n. An open pan for burning charcoal, used especially for heating rooms in southern and eastern countries, such as Italy, China, Japan, etc.
  • n. A name used on the northern coast of Ireland for the common sea-bream, pagellus centrodontus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned; warms people who must stay outside for long times

Etymologies

Middle English brasier, from bras, brass; see brass.
French brasier, from braise, hot coals; see braise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French brasier, from braise live coals. See brass. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And without the game, thousands of youths would still be holding on to the misconception that a brazier is a support undergarment.

    From the Dungeon to the Dictionary « Isegoria

  • ( "And the Nebula goes to ...":: rotates brand in brazier of hot coals::) It would certainly make losing the award a lot more palatable.

    Nebula Weekend, days 2-3

  • Mr Abney was sprinkling some incense on the brazier from a round silver box as Stephen passed, but did not seem to notice his step.

    Lost Hearts by M. R. James | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • The brazier was a beautiful thing, a credit to the smith who made it; on three braced legs like saplings, the fire-basket a trellis of vine-leaves.

    St. Peter's Fair

  • It is burned in a metal or earthen dish called a brazier, and a double handful may last a family a whole day.

    Conservation Reader

  • Mixed with the charcoal in the brazier are a few coals of soft white pine, which when burnt look exactly like charcoal.

    Miracle Mongers and Their Methods

  • She was then dining alone, and her solitary dinner had been brought in from somewhere, over a kind of brazier with a fire in it, and she had no company or prospect of company, that I could see, but the old man who had brought it.

    Little Dorrit

  • A worker in iron we call a 'brazier'; and it is on the same principle that Ganymede is described as the 'wine-server' of

    Poetics. English

  • Beside the brazier was a tube of red"Maya's own blood, still in the syringe.

    The Serpent's Shadow

  • A missionary who visited a tenement in the Five Points reported coming across an “old Sambo over his brazier of coals.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

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  • A “brasserie” is a food-and-drink bar, “brassier” is more like brass, a “brassiere” is a woman's undergarment or bra, while a “brazier” or “brasier” is a cooking utensil that holds live coals.
    http://www.answers.com/topic/brasserie

    January 1, 2011

  • "'... as for making you my wife -- that I will not. How would it go with me? Your lovers have found you like a brazier which smoulders in the cold, a backdoor which keeps out neither squall of wind nor storm, a castle which crushes the garrison, pitch that blackens the bearer, a water-skin that chafes the carrier, a stone which falls from the parapet, a battering-ram turned back from the enemy, a sandal that trips the wearer. Which of your lovers did you ever love for ever? ... '"
    -- Gilgamesh to Ishtar, from The Epic of Gilgamesh

    June 17, 2008