General English


  • noun the outside covering of a cereal grain
  • noun a feedingstuff, used especially for cattle and poultry



  • noun the outside covering of the wheat seed, removed when making white flour, but an important source of roughage in the diet

Origin & History of “bran”

English borrowed bran from Old French bran, but its ultimate source is unclear. modern French bran means ‘excrement’, and if this had always been a part of the word’s make-up it might have been possible to suggest a Celtic origin, perhaps a Gaulish *brenno- (Welsh braen and Irish brean both mean ‘manure’), but English bran appears never to have meant anything but ‘cereal husks’. It may ultimately be connected with burn.