- a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
- (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
- the compartment of a ship where prisoners are confined.
Origin of brig
Definition for brig (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for brig
Manning was forced to strip and remain on a suicide-risk regime against the recommendations of Brig mental-health professionals.Bradley Manning: ‘I Will Recover From This ... This Is Just a Stage in My Life’|Alexa O'Brien|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had made up his mind to sail the brig in and risk the hazards of shoal water.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Jack, having a good chart, felt confident of being able to take the brig in without a pilot.The Three Lieutenants|W.H.G. Kingston
No vessel, unless one well acquainted with the coast, could have ventured to stand in as close as the brig had done.Old Jack|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for brig (1 of 3)
Word Origin for brig
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Word Origin and History for brig
1720, colloquial shortening of brigantine (q.v.). Apparently such vessels being used for prison ships upon retirement from active duty led to extended meaning "a jail," first recorded 1852.