Meaning of BRASS in English

BRASS

/ brɑːs; NAmE bræs/ noun

METAL

1.

[ U ] a bright yellow metal made by mixing copper and zinc ; objects made of brass :

solid brass fittings / door handles

a brass plate (= a sign outside a building giving the name and profession of the person who works there)

to clean / polish the brass

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

2.

[ U+sing./pl. v . ] the musical instruments made of metal, such as trumpets or French horns , that form a band or section of an orchestra ; the people who play them :

music for piano, strings and brass

—compare percussion , strings , woodwind , wind instrument

FOR A HORSE

3.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a decorated piece of brass used as a decorative object, especially a round flat piece attached to a horse's harness

IN CHURCH

4.

[ C ] ( especially BrE ) a flat piece of brass with words or a picture on it, fixed to the floor or wall of a church in memory of sb who has died

IMPORTANT PEOPLE

5.

[ U+sing./pl. v . ] ( especially NAmE ) = top brass

MONEY

6.

[ U ] ( old-fashioned , BrE , informal ) money

—see also brassy

IDIOMS

- brass monkeys | brass monkey weather

- brass neck / nerve

- the brass ring

- (get down to) brass tacks

—more at bold , muck noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English bræs , of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.