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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
1705-15; short for brigantine

Brig.

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  • One of the owners had come round in the brig, but he had landed and taken a post-chaise back towards London.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • “The negoda says he was in a hurry, and thought the brig was a pirate,” said Hamed.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • And, in a few minutes, a boat put off from the Spanish brig, and the boat was filled with men.

    The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
  • I say, Uncle Terence, am I to follow you on board the brig or to remain here?

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • “So do I,” agreed Leslie, as a somewhat fresher puff took the brig and caused the spars to buckle still more ominously.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • The brig was about three miles distant when the Kent exploded.

  • Yon river is called p. 44the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Maurice guessed her to be a brig—to be the brig he looked for.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • With neatness and dispatch he guided the brig across the dangerous waters of the Atlantic and into her haven.

    The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser
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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Related Abbreviations for brig

brig

brigade

Brig.

brigadier
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