Possessing or displaying courage; valiant. Making a fine display; impressive or showy: "a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didn't even have a clear outline\u201d ( Anne Tyler). Excellent; great: "The Romans were like brothers/In the brave days of old\u201d ( Thomas Macaulay). A Native American warrior. A courageous person. Archaic A bully. To undergo or face courageously. To challenge; dare: "Together they would brave Satan and all his legions\u201d ( Emily Bront\u00eb). Obsolete To make showy or splendid. Archaic To make a courageous show or put up a stalwart front.