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brass

noun [U]  /bræs/ us  

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.

brass

adjective [not gradable]  /bræs/ us  

brass adjective [not gradable] (MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

(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.
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