Definitions

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

  • n. Scots A hillside; a slope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sloping bank of a river-valley; any slope or hillside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hillside; a slope; a bank; a hill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The side of a hill or other rising ground; an acclivity; a stretch of sloping ground; a slope.
  • n. An inclined roadway in a mine: commonly used in compounds: as, cuddy-brae.

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

  • n. a slope or hillside

Etymologies

Middle English bra, from Old Norse brā, eyebrow (unattested sense), eyelash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse brá. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ‘That light ye see at the top of the brae is his camp.’

    Prester John

  • Don't you see yon bonny, bonny road that lies across the ferny brae, that is the road to fair Elfland, where you and I this night rnaun gae ....

    Moonheart

  • 'That light ye see at the top of the brae is his camp.'

    Prester John

  • In the house on the brae was a great kettle, called the boiler, that was said to be fifty years old in the days of Hendry's grandfather, of whom nothing more is known.

    A Window in Thrums

  • "The brae is a little trying, sir," said I. "Speaking as a physician, I should say that you would do well to rest here before you go further."

    Round the Red Lamp

  • There is no nook nor cranny, no bank nor brae, which is not, in the time of roses, ablaze with their exuberant loveliness.

    The Pleasures of England Lectures given in Oxford

  • The word "brae" means slope or declivity; the braes of Doune stretch away east and north from the village.

    Lady of the Lake

  • "The brae is a little trying, sir," said I. Speaking as a physician, I should say that you would do well to rest here before you go further. "

    Round the Red Lamp

  • "The brae is a little trying, sir," said I. "Speaking as a physician,

    Round the Red Lamp

  • Like the side of a brae where the torrent had been.

    Letter 236

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  • brae brow of a hill or eye

    January 16, 2007