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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.


branc m (oblique plural brans, nominative singular brans, nominative plural branc)

  1. 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.



  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (brant)