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Meaning of “brass” in the English Dictionary

"brass" in British English

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brassnoun

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

C1 [U] a ​brightyellowmetal made from copper and ​zinc: The ​doorhandles 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 ​thinpiece of brass on the ​floor or ​wall in a ​church, with a ​picture or writing ​cut into it: The ​church has several ​beautifulmedieval brasses.

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  • brass noun (CONFIDENCE)

[U] UK informal completeconfidence and ​lack of ​fear: I don't ​know how she has the brass to do it.
  • brass noun (MONEY)

[U] UK old-fashioned informal money

brassadjective [before noun]

uk   /brɑːs/  us   /bræs/
(of a ​musicalinstrument) made of ​metal and ​played by ​blowing: The ​trumpet and ​trombone are brass instruments. He ​plays in the brass section of the ​orchestra.
(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 ​brightyellowmetal made from ​copper and ​zinc: brass ​lamps brass ​doorhandles
  • 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 ​musicalinstrument) made of a ​metaltubebent into a ​particularshape 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   us   /brɑːs/
WORKPLACE →  top brass
(Definition of brass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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