adjective, brief·er, brief·est.
- a writ summoning one to answer to any action.
- a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
- a written argument submitted to a court.
- (in England) the material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
verb (used with object)
- bridle path,
- bridle suture,
Origin of brief
Examples from the Web for briefer
Confusion,” as a NATO briefer explained Thursday, “is part and parcel of this Russian hybrid warfare strategy.
His interview with Lady Ardingly had been briefer, but, he felt, more to the point.Scarlet and Hyssop|E. F. Benson
After another and briefer rest upon the flat of his back, he decided to try a smoke.Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Many of the most important sources are the briefer accounts printed in the Minnesota Historical Collections.Old Fort Snelling|Marcus L. Hansen
Matthew presents an extended account occupying three chapters of the first Gospel; Luke gives a briefer synopsis.Jesus the Christ|James Edward Talmage
Even this brief period of development would have been briefer, had not the law courts interposed many delays.
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Word Origin for brief
late 13c., from Latin brevis (adj.) "short, low, little, shallow," from PIE *mregh-wi-, from root *mregh-u- "short" (cf. Greek brakhys "short," Old Church Slavonic bruzeja "shallow places, shoals," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten").
from Latin breve (genitive brevis), noun derivative of adjective brevis (see brief (adj.)) which came to mean "letter, summary," specifically a letter of the pope (less ample and solemn than a bull), and thus came to mean "letter of authority," which yielded the modern, legal sense of "summary of the facts of a case" (1630s).
see hold no brief for; in brief.