From Vulgar Latin *brandus (“firebrand, flaming sword, sword”), from Frankish *brand, *brant (“firebrand, flaming sword”), from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (“firebrand, torch, sword”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrenu- (“to burn”). Cognate with Old High German brant (“fire, firebrand, burning iron”), Old English brand (“fire, flame, brand, torch, sword, weapon”), Old Norse brandr (“fire, firebrand, sword”). More at brand.
- blade of a sword
- 12th Century, Unknown, Raoul de Cambrai (in Old French):
- En la cervele li fist le branc baignier.
- He bathed his blade in his brain.
- Middle French: brand
- French: brand (archaic)
- ⇒ Old French: brandeler