Definition of branks in English:
- As punishment, the branks was locked about the women's heads to humiliate them and teach them their place.
- I am glad John Winthorp and John Carver did not bring cumbrous and cruel iron branks to America.
- These branks and the stocks are examples of implements of corporal punishment used in early modern Glasgow.
Mid 16th century: origin uncertain; compare with German Pranger 'a pillory or bit for a horse' and Dutch prang 'a fetter'; also with late Middle English barnacle(s), denoting a powerful bit for restraining a horse.
- US English dictionary
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