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    What does brand means in brand new. Is it an adverb or is this phrase an idiom which makes them inseparable?

    I only know brand to mean : a maker's name or trademark
    And brand new is entirely different/new...

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    From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

    Brand-new is c.1570 and must have meant "fresh from the fire" (Shakespeare has fire-new).
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    brand-new
    adj.
    Being in a fresh and unused condition; completely new.

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    An alternative derivation is "bran-new" - delicate items were packed into barrels with bran to protect them.

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