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British English: /breɪn/
American English: /breɪn/

Translation of brain in French:


  • 1 (Anatomy) (living organ)
    before n (cell, tissue)
    du cerveau, cérébral
    au cerveau
  • 2
    also: brains
    (substance) brains to blow one's brains out [informal]
    se faire sauter la cervelle [informal]
  • 4 (mind) to have a good brain
    être intelligent
    to have football on the brain [informal]
    ne penser qu'au football
  • 5 [informal] (intelligent person)
    tête (f) [informal]

also: brains plural noun

  • (intelligence) to have brains
    être intelligent
    he's the brains of the family
    c'est lui le cerveau de la famille
    to use one's brains
    faire marcher ses cellules grises
    she was the brains behind the operation
    c'était elle le cerveau de l'affaire

transitive verb



to dance/study one's brains out

[informal] (American English)
danser/travailler jusqu'à épuisement

to beat somebody's brains out

défoncer le crâne de quelqu'un [informal]

to pick somebody's brains

avoir recours aux lumières de quelqu'un

I need to pick your brains

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