- 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.
- a place of confinement or detention, especially in the U.S. Navy or Marines; guardhouse.
Origin of brig
Examples from the Web for brig
Contemporary Examples of 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’
August 21, 2013
Historical Examples of brig
I soon began to climb the rigging of the brig, ascending to the mast-heads.
We had a ship, a brig, and twelve schooners, fourteen sail in all.
We sailed two days after I joined the brig, and had a ten or twelve days' passage.
The brig sailed, however, and stood across the Atlantic, as if in good earnest.
The idea of remaining in the brig was unpleasant to me, and I had thought of quitting her for some days.
- nautical a two-masted square-rigger
- mainly US a prison, esp in a navy ship
Word Origin for brig
- a Scot and northern English word for a bridge 1
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.