Meaning of BRASS in English



Pronunciation: ' bras

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English bras, from Old English bræs; akin to Middle Low German bras metal

Date: before 12th century

1 : an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions

2 a : the brass instruments of an orchestra or band ― often used in plural b : a usually brass memorial tablet c : bright metal fittings, utensils, or ornaments d : empty cartridge shells

3 : brazen self-assurance : GALL

4 singular or plural in construction a : high-ranking members of the military b : persons in high positions (as in a business or the government)

– brass adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.