- 1 [uncountable] a bright yellow metal made by mixing copper and zinc; objects made of brass solid brass fittings/door handles a brass plaque (= a sign outside a building giving the name and profession of the person who works there) to clean/polish the brass musical instruments
- 2[uncountable] the musical instruments made of metal, such as trumpets or French horns, that form a band or section of an orchestra; the people who play them music for piano, strings, and brass compare percussion, string, wind instrument, woodwind important people
- 3 [singular] (informal top brass) the people who are in the most important positions in a company, an organization, etc. in church
- 4 [countable] a flat piece of brass with words or a picture on it, attached to the floor or wall of a church in memory of someone who has died a memorial brass see also brassy Idioms
metalnounjump to other results
without showing any respect, shame, or fear She marched in here, bold as brass, and demanded a raise.
(as) bold as brass (informal)jump to other results
the opportunity to be successful; success that you have worked hard to get The girls' track team has grabbed the brass ring seven times. From the custom of giving a free ride to any child who grabbed one of the rings hanging around the side of a merry-go-round at a fairground.
the brass ring (informal)jump to other results
(to start to consider) the basic facts or practical details of something
(get down to) brass tacks (informal)jump to other results