brief

[ breef ]
/ brif /
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adjective, brief·er, brief·est.

noun

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

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR brief
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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British Dictionary definitions for briefest

brief

/ (briːf) /

adjective

noun

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

brief

see hold no brief for; in brief.

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