|1.||a. having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid|
|b. (as collective noun preceded by the): the brave|
|2.||fine; splendid: a brave sight; a brave attempt|
|3.||archaic excellent or admirable|
|4.||a warrior of a Native American tribe|
|5.||an obsolete word for bully|
|6.||to dare or defy: to brave the odds|
|7.||to confront with resolution or courage: to brave the storm|
|8.||obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress|
|[C15: from French, from Italian bravo courageous, wild, perhaps ultimately from Latin barbarus|
"No Man is an Atheist, however he pretend it and serve the Company with his Braveries." [Donne, 1631]As a good quality, attested from 1580s. Meaning "fine clothes" is from 1560s and holds the older sense.
(Isa. 3:18), an old English word meaning comeliness or beauty.