strong, well-developed muscles.
muscular strength.
Chiefly British.
a boar's or swine's flesh, especially when boiled and pickled.

1275–1325; Middle English brawne < Old French braon slice of flesh (Provençal bradon) < Germanic; compare German Braten joint of meat, akin to Old English brǣd flesh

2. brawniness, robustness, muscle, sturdiness, might, power. Unabridged
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brawn (brɔːn)
1.  strong well-developed muscles
2.  physical strength, esp as opposed to intelligence
3.  (Brit) a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calf
[C14: from Old French braon slice of meat, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brāto, Old English brǣd flesh]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. braon "fleshy or muscular part, buttock," from Frank. *brado "ham, roast," from P.Gmc. *bred-on- (cf. O.H.G. brato "tender meat," Ger. Braten "roast," O.N. brað "raw meat," O.E. bræd "flesh"), from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat," from base *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce,
burn" (see brew). The original sense is "piece of meat suitable for roasting." "The specific sense 'boar's flesh' is exclusively of English development, and characteristic of English habits" [OED].
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Example sentences
The role of the pusher is defined by strength, brawn and athleticism.
Rechargeable batteries are the brawn behind the brains of today's portable
  electronic devices.
Real-time data is, of course, useless without the brains to process it and the
  brawn to act on it.
Finally, the prehistoric tarpon is a test of finesse versus brawn.
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