- Military. a short, factual oral summary of the details of a current or projected military operation given to the participants or observers.
- any set of concise instructions or a summary of events.
Origin of briefing
- lasting or taking a short time; of short duration: a brief walk; a brief stay in the country.
- using few words; concise; succinct: a brief report on weather conditions.
- abrupt or curt.
- scanty: a brief bathing suit.
- a short and concise statement or written item.
- an outline, the form of which is determined by set rules, of all the possible arguments and information on one side of a controversy: a debater's brief.
- 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.
- an outline, summary, or synopsis, as of a book.
- briefs, (used with a plural verb) close-fitting, legless underpants with an elastic waistband.
- a briefing.
- Roman Catholic Church. a papal letter less formal than a bull, sealed with the pope's signet ring or stamped with the device borne on this ring.
- British Theater. a free ticket; pass.
- Obsolete. a letter.
- to make an abstract or summary of.
- to instruct by a brief or briefing: They brief all the agents before assigning them.
- Law. to retain as advocate in a suit.
- 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
Synonyms for briefSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for briefingconference, information, discussion, instruction, update, meeting, rundown, guidance, initiation, preamble, directions, priming
Examples from the Web for briefing
Contemporary Examples of briefing
Specifically, what briefing did the flight crew receive before they went to the airplane?Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
They spoke anonymously as a condition of giving the briefing.
Senior administration officials predicted easy passage of the resolution in a briefing with reporters Monday.
The police have been criticized for briefing journalists before the home-search.Sir Cliff Richard Faces Sex Assault Claim, Criticizes Police Raid On His Home
August 16, 2014
Confusion reigned back at the White House briefing room where reporters clamored for more detail.Jim Brady, Reagan’s Gentle ‘Bear’ Who Roared Back to Life After Being Shot
August 4, 2014
Historical Examples of briefing
The best I could do was stop around the corner and give Ned a briefing.Arm of the Law
The big clock on the back wall of the briefing shack said three fifty-five.The Hills of Home
Whatever damage you say I have done can be corrected with a ten-minute briefing.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
"Malinkoff is too deep in something to come to the briefing," Wong said.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
The general took Phil's arm and they walked to the briefing room.Breakaway
- a meeting at which detailed information or instructions are given, as for military operations, etc
- the facts presented during such a meeting
- short in durationa brief holiday
- short in length or extent; scantya brief bikini
- abrupt in manner; brusquethe professor was brief with me this morning
- terse or concise; containing few wordshe made a brief statement
- a condensed or short statement or written synopsis; abstract
- law a document containing all the facts and points of law of a case by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to represent a client
- RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief
- short for briefing
- a paper outlining the arguments and information on one side of a debate
- British slang a lawyer, esp a barrister
- hold a brief for to argue for; champion
- in brief in short; to sum up
- to prepare or instruct by giving a summary of relevant facts
- to make a summary or synopsis of
- English law
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
- (intr foll by against) to supply potentially damaging or negative information regarding somone, as to the media, a politician, etcSee also briefs
Word Origin for brief
"fact or situation of giving preliminary instructions," 1910 (but popularized by World War II pre-flight conferences), verbal noun from brief (v.).
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.