Definitions for BRIEFbrif
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
brief*brif(adj.; n.; v.)brief•er, brief•est
(adj.)lasting or taking a short time.
using few words; concise:
a brief report.
a brief bathing suit.
(n.)a short and concise statement or written item.
a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case. a written statement submitted to a court by counsel presenting the principal facts, points of law, and arguments related to a client's case.
an outline, summary.
briefs, (used with a pl. v.) close-fitting legless underpants with an elastic waistband.
a papal letter less formal than a bull.
(v.t.)to make an abstract or summary of.
to instruct by a brief or briefing.
Idioms for brief:
in brief,in a few words; in short.
* Syn: See short. See also summary.
Origin of brief:
1250–1300; ME bref < AF, OF < L brevis short; see breve
brief, legal brief(noun)
a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
a condensed written summary or abstract
of short duration or distance
"a brief stay in the country"
concise and succinct
"covered the matter in a brief statement"
(of clothing) very short
"an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"
give essential information to someone
"The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a brief discussion/stay
≠ full, lengthy
a brief description; the news in brief; ***The article describes briefly what happened.
to give instructions or information
a meeting to brief him on current issues
An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.
A short news story or report.
A summary, pru00E9cis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.
To knowledgeably summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power.
The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.
To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.
Of short duration; happening quickly.
Concise; taking few words.
Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short.
Origin: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.
short in duration
concise; terse; succinct
rife; common; prevalent
a short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words
an abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument
a writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2
a writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence
a letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose
to make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings
A brief is a written legal document used in various legal adversarial systems that is presented to a court arguing why one party to a particular case should prevail. In England and Wales, the phrase refers to the papers given to a barrister when they are instructed.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2192
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2470
Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Adjectives Frequency: #277
Translations for BRIEF
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not long; short
a brief visit; a brief account.
- kort, vlugtigAfrikaans
- وَجيز، قَصيرArabic
- brevePortuguese (BR)
- krátký, stručnýCzech
- kort; kortvarigDanish
- کوتاه؛ کمFarsi
- īss; neilgsLatvian
- kortvarig, stuttNorwegian
- کوتاه؛ کمPersian
- لنډ، لږPashto
- krátky, stručnýSlovak
- kort, kortvarig, kortfattadSwedish
- 短暫的Chinese (Trad.)
- короткий, стислийUkrainian
- ngắn gọnVietnamese
- 短暂的Chinese (Simp.)
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