One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steep bank or hillside.‘a figure was spied struggling up the brae’in place names ‘Skara Brae’
high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesaView synonyms
- ‘Following Christmas Night Mass, there will be a recital of Christmas songs and carols at the foot of the brae, in order to raise funds for the Christmas Lighting.’
- ‘A Land-Rover track past Swordland Lodge branches left, down a brae and past a cairn, through a gateway into Tarbet.’
- ‘Last year, while the guys were getting to grips with lochs and braes and forests, the only things to rustle up some excitement in me was a set of old rusted anchors.’
- ‘Mac's golf game, Armour said, was as bonnie as Maxwellton braes.’
- ‘Behind it are the braes of the Carse and the Sidlaw Hills and nearby are the villages of Longforgan and Inchture.’
- ‘In the centre of the village, a small side road branched away and climbed a steep brae beyond the houses and back gardens.’
- ‘No moans about the cold, just sheer exhilaration as we swooped down the brae to more photographs.’
- ‘Down the brae, the lights still burn in Girvans, the city's popular café-bar.’
- ‘He swept a hand over the luminous purple of heathery braes that sloped precipitously into the dark cleft of the Tail Burn's glen.’
- ‘In pursuing him to a final confrontation across the braes and corries of the Highlands (after time to reflect during a day's fishing) Hannay attempts to save his life during a last dangerous climb at the risk of losing his.’
- ‘Elegantly poised ‘tween towering Mt Wellington and a commanding panorama of the Derwent viewed from verdant policies, Government House, Hobart, is a Victorian Gothic pile grand enough to grace any heathered Scottish brae.’
- ‘The only trio of malt whisky flavour-influencing factors used in their production that are common to whisky and not to wine are the local burn or brae water, plus the malted grain, or barley, and the shape and size of the pot still.’
- ‘If the market you are trying to attract is people who value going to look at seabirds, sketching and kids playing, you don't want 40 cars driving through the brae, turning at the harbour and going back.’
- ‘When I returned to town, I was a good deal intoxicated, ranged the streets, and having met with a comely, fresh-looking girl, madly ventured to lie with her on the north brae of the castle hill.’
Middle English: from Old Norse brá ‘eyelash’. Compare with brow, in which a similar sense development occurred.
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