[ brahy-er ]
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Other words from briar

  • bri·ar·y, adjective

Words Nearby briar

Other definitions for briar (2 of 2)

[ brahy-er ]

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use briar in a sentence

  • On, ever on, in the darkness and the mire, through clumps of whin and stray bushes of wild briar.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • Unmistakably, up from the paper rose the strong, vivid scent—of a briar-wood pipe.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • All England hath paid his taxes with my patrimony: I was a sheep that left my wool on every briar.

  • He loiters with the briar rose,— The blue-belles are his play-fellows,That dance upon their slender stem.

  • My coat was torn on a briar; I fired my gun at a crow as I went over the fields to my cottage.

    A Life Sentence | Adeline Sergeant

British Dictionary definitions for briar (1 of 2)



/ (ˈbraɪə) /

  1. Also called: tree heath an ericaceous shrub, Erica arborea, of S Europe, having a hard woody root (briarroot)

  2. a tobacco pipe made from the root of this plant

Origin of briar

C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin

Derived forms of briar

  • briary or briery, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for briar (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbraɪə) /

  1. a variant spelling of brier 1

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