What does brief mean?

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. brief(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  2. brief(Noun)

    A short news story or report.

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  3. brief(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  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.

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  5. brief(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  6. brief(Adjective)

    Of short duration; happening quickly.

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  7. brief(Adjective)

    Concise; taking few words.

    Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

  8. brief(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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)

    briefly

  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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brief

    brēf, n. a short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind.—adj. short: concise.—adj. Brief′less.—adv. Brief′ly.—n. Brief′ness.—In brief, in few words.—King's briefs, royal mandates ordering collections to be made in chapels for building churches, &c.; Papal brief, such documents as are issued without some of the solemnities proper to bulls.—The brief and the long (Shak.), the short and the long.—To be brief, to speak in a few words; To hold a brief, to be retained as counsel in a case; To take a brief, to undertake a case. [Fr. bref—L. brevis, short.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Brief

    A brief summary of all the facts of a client’s case prepared by a solicitor for the instruction of counsel.

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 for brief »

  1. fiber, fibre

  2. Fiber

  3. Fibre

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brief in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of brief in a Sentence

  1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    Take a brief moment.

  2. Dennis Doucet:

    It was overcast for most of the evening, but there was a brief break in the clouds and I was able to get a clear shot of the moon.

  3. Cathrine Ertmann:

    But in all of this I also saw a peace and beauty, sometimes the scare is in the brief look at something. Like when you watch a horror movie, you only see a glimpse of the ghost, murderer or monster and your imagination works all the fright up for you. I think I felt I need to see everything to make it 'normal' and undramatic. And I think it works the same way with our relation to death in general.

  4. Liz Cheney:

    There's still time for an agreement to be reached among lawmakers to pass the funding bill in time to avert a shutdown, but it's unclear for now exactly how the standoff will play out. If it were to happen, a shutdown would likely be brief and over the weekend when many government operations are not open. In a Senate floor speech, Paul elaborated on his concerns, saying of Liz Cheney and the amendment in question.

  5. Ajit Pai:

    On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess.

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