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"brass" in British English

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brassnoun

uk   /brɑːs/ us   /bræs/
  • brass noun (METAL)

C1 [U] a bright yellow metal made from copper and zinc: The door handles were made of brass.
the brass C2 [S]
the group of brass instruments or players in a band or orchestra: The brass seems to me to be too loud in this recording.
[C] a thin piece of brass on the floor or wall in a church, with a picture or writing cut into it: The church has several beautiful medieval brasses.

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  • brass noun (CONFIDENCE)

[U] UK informal complete confidence and lack of fear: I don't know how she has the brass to do it.

brassadjective [before noun]

uk   /brɑːs/ us   /bræs/
(Definition of brass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brass" in American English

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brassnoun [U]

us   /bræs/
  • brass noun [U] (METAL)

a bright yellow metal made from copper and zinc: brass lamps brass door handles
  • brass noun [U] (OFFICERS)

high-ranking officers in an organization, esp. the military: The Pentagon brass went along with the plan but they were not happy about it.

brassadjective [not gradable]

us   /bræs/
(of a musical instrument) made of a metal tube bent into a particular shape and played by blowing: The trumpet and the trombone are brass instruments. He plays in the brass section of the orchestra.
(Definition of brass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brass" in Business English

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brassnoun [U]

uk   /brɑːs/ us  
WORKPLACE →  top brass
(Definition of brass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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