from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Solid and well-developed muscles, especially of the arms and legs.
  • noun Muscular strength and power.
  • noun Chiefly British The meat of a boar.
  • noun Headcheese.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Boar's flesh; the flesh of the boar or of swine, collared so as to squeeze out much of the fat, boiled, and pickled.
  • noun A boar.
  • noun The flesh of a muscular part of the body: as, the brawn of the arm, thigh, etc.
  • noun Well-developed muscles; muscular strength.
  • noun Figuratively, the arm: from its muscles or strength.
  • noun Head-cheese.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A muscle; flesh.
  • noun Full, strong muscles, esp. of the arm or leg, muscular strength; a protuberant muscular part of the body; sometimes, the arm.
  • noun The flesh of a boar; also, the salted and prepared flesh of a boar.
  • noun obsolete A boar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Strong muscles or lean flesh, especially of the arm, leg or thumb.
  • noun Physical strength; muscularity.
  • noun chiefly UK head cheese; a terrine made from the head of a pig or calf; originally boar's meat.
  • verb transitive Make fat, especially of a boar.
  • verb intransitive Become fat, especially of a boar.

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

  • noun possessing muscular strength


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

[Middle English, muscle, from Old French braon, meat, of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • -- They buy one and fourpenceworth of brawn and four slices of panloaf at the north city dining rooms in Marlborough street from Miss Kate Collins, proprietress...

    Joyce, Ulysses, 7

    January 2, 2007

  • (n): Yorkshire dialect word for a molded, cold meat preparation made from a boiled pig’s head.

    June 27, 2009

  • Head? Brain and brawn.

    June 27, 2009

  • "The islanders would often ask me about the food where I came from, so once I used several cuttlefish mushrooms to fashion for them the fare on the table of a Czech pub, with plates of goulash and dumplings, a smaller plate with brawn, a basket of bread rolls, several half-litres of beer and glasses of rum, adding while I was at it, an open pack of cigarettes and an ashtray with cigarette ends in it."

    - The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz, translated by Andrew Oakland, p 141 of the Dalkey Archive paperback

    June 13, 2011