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brig

[brig] /brɪg/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
  2. (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
  3. the compartment of a ship where prisoners are confined.
2.
a place of confinement or detention, especially in the U.S. Navy or Marines; guardhouse.
Origin of brig
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; short for brigantine

Brig.

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  • I soon began to climb the rigging of the brig, ascending to the mast-heads.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We had a ship, a brig, and twelve schooners, fourteen sail in all.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We sailed two days after I joined the brig, and had a ten or twelve days' passage.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The brig sailed, however, and stood across the Atlantic, as if in good earnest.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The idea of remaining in the brig was unpleasant to me, and I had thought of quitting her for some days.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The brig loaded with cocao, in bulk, at Guayaquil, and sailed for Cadiz.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Our passage from Para was good until the brig reached the latitude of Bermuda.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • At this time the brig minded her helm, and fell off, coming under command.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • A beautiful American-built brig, was lying in port, bound to Africa, for slaves.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for brig

brig1

/brɪɡ/
noun
1.
(nautical) a two-masted square-rigger
2.
(mainly US) a prison, esp in a navy ship
Word Origin
C18: shortened from brigantine

brig2

/brɪɡ/
noun
1.
a Scot and northern English word for a bridge1

Brig.

abbreviation
1.
Brigadier
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Word Origin and History for brig
n.

1720, colloquial shortening of brigantine (q.v.). Apparently such vessels being used for prison ships upon retirement from active duty led to extended meaning "a jail," first recorded 1852.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for brig

brig

noun

  1. The detention cell of a ship
  2. A naval prison (1850s+ Nautical)
  3. Any military jail or prison (1890s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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