[ breef ]
/ brif /

adjective, brief·er, brief·est.


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. bridle path,
  2. bridle suture,
  3. bridlewise,
  4. bridoon,
  5. brie,
  6. briefcase,
  7. briefer,
  8. briefing,
  9. briefless,
  10. brieflessly


    hold a brief for, to support or defend by argument; endorse.
    in brief, in a few words; in short: The supervisor outlined in brief the duties of the new assistant.

Origin of brief

1250–1300; Middle English bref < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin brevis short; see breve

1. short-lived, fleeting, transitory, ephemeral, transient. See short. 2. terse, compact, pithy, condensed. 5. outline, précis, epitome, abstract. See summary. 14. summarize, outline.

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/ (briːf) /



verb (tr)

Derived Formsbriefly, adverbbriefness, noun

Word Origin for brief

C14: from Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus

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Word Origin and History for briefest
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Idioms and Phrases with briefest


see hold no brief for; in brief.

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