Definitions for briefbrif

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

brief*brif(adj.; n.; v.)brief•er, brief•est

  1. (adj.)lasting or taking a short time.

  2. using few words; concise:

    a brief report.

  3. abrupt; curt.

  4. scanty:

    a brief bathing suit.

    Category: Clothing

  5. (n.)a short and concise statement or written item.

  6. 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.

    Category: Law

  7. an outline, summary.

  8. briefs, (used with a pl. v.) close-fitting legless underpants with an elastic waistband.

    Category: Clothing

  9. a papal letter less formal than a bull.

    Category: Religion

  10. (v.t.)to make an abstract or summary of.

  11. to instruct by a brief or briefing.

Idioms for brief:

  1. in brief,in a few words; in short.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See short. See also summary.

Origin of brief:

1250–1300; ME bref < AF, OF < L brevis short; see breve


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brief, legal brief(noun)

    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

  2. brief(adj)

    a condensed written summary or abstract

  3. brief(adj)

    of short duration or distance

    "a brief stay in the country"

  4. brief(adj)

    concise and succinct

    "covered the matter in a brief statement"

  5. abbreviated, brief(verb)

    (of clothing) very short

    "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

  6. brief(verb)

    give essential information to someone

    "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. brief(adjective)brif

    ≠ long

    a brief discussion/stay

  2. briefbrif

    ≠ full, lengthy

    a brief description; the news in brief; ***The article describes briefly what happened.

  3. brief(verb)brif

    to give instructions or information

    a meeting to brief him on current issues


  1. brief(Noun)

    An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.

  2. brief(Noun)

    A short news story or report.

  3. brief(Noun)

    A summary, pru00E9cis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.

  4. brief(Verb)

    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.

  5. brief(Verb)

    To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.

  6. brief(Adjective)

    Of short duration; happening quickly.

  7. brief(Adjective)

    Concise; taking few words.

  8. brief(Adjective)

    Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short.

  9. Origin: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brief(adj)

    short in duration

  2. Brief(adj)

    concise; terse; succinct

  3. Brief(adj)

    rife; common; prevalent

  4. Brief(adverb)


  5. Brief(adverb)

    soon; quickly

  6. Brief(adj)

    a short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words

  7. Brief(adj)

    an epitome

  8. Brief(adj)

    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

  9. Brief(adj)

    a writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2

  10. Brief(noun)

    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

  11. Brief(noun)

    a letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose

  12. Brief(verb)

    to make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings


  1. Brief

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2192

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2470

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Adjectives Frequency: #277

Anagrams of brief

  1. fiber, fibre

  2. Fiber

  3. Fibre

Translations for brief

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not long; short

a brief visit; a brief account.

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