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 briefs
Sometimes when a woman asks him to sign her briefs, it turns out she's still wearing them.
One afternoon at 5:30 p.m., we sit in the dining room as Doug briefs the staff about the evening special: Hawaiian pink snapper.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic|Jane & Michael Stern|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But these briefs are serious in tone even though Ilya is funny in person.
He also wrote that he liked to wear “the briefs that are like boxers.”
He then goes on to do some stretches in his briefs, undoubtedly a pleasant surprise for some moviegoers.Zac Efron, Tom Cruise & More Actors in Their Tighty Whities (VIDEO)|Mike Munoz|October 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A rapid ride soon brought the man of briefs and depositions to the prison, where the unhappy Connor lay.Fardorougha, The Miser|William Carleton
In the case of some important witnesses, she prepared the briefs for cross-examination, as well as examination.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
It was the column headed "Briefs," however, that tagged the Declarator.Dominie Dean|Ellis Parker Butler
He set to work at one of his briefs, determined not to encourage himself in any illusions.Talbot's Angles|Amy E. Blanchard
She became the light of her father's house, and used even to copy out his briefs, at which task I often found her of an evening.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Word Origin for brief
"short, tight underwear," 1934, from brief (adj.).
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.