Meaning of BRASS in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈbras ]


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


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.