Brass - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bræs|  American pronunciation of the word brass
Brit.  |brɑːs|  British pronunciation of the word brass


- an alloy of copper and zinc
- a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
- the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something (syn: administration, establishment, governance, organisation, organization)
- impudent aggressiveness (syn: boldness, cheek, face, nerve)
- an ornament or utensil made of brass
- the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
- a memorial made of brass (syn: plaque)


The whole orchestra—the strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass—began to play.

The brasses began to play.

polishing the brass and the silver

The "high brass" of American business was also well represented at the meeting.

The Pentagon top brass hates the idea of getting embroiled in Kosovo peacekeeping.

I don't know how she has the brass to do it.

The composition of brass includes copper and zinc.

A statue of a horse in brass.

Some of the modern outfits don't have brass.

She marched into his office as bold as brass (=very confident and not showing enough respect).

'You're fat and lazy.' 'Fat and lazy to you with brass knobs on!'

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

the brass fire surround with its decorative overlay

The brass plate on the door said 'Dr Rackman'.

Brass pans added a decorative touch to the plain brick wall.

Word forms

singular: brass
plural: brasses
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