[ brig ]
/ brɪg /


  1. a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
  2. (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
  3. the compartment of a ship where prisoners are confined.
a place of confinement or detention, especially in the U.S. Navy or Marines; guardhouse.


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Origin of brig

First recorded in 1705–15; short for brigantine

Definition for brig (2 of 2) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brig (1 of 3)

/ (brɪɡ) /


nautical a two-masted square-rigger
mainly US a prison, esp in a navy ship

Word Origin for brig

C18: shortened from brigantine

British Dictionary definitions for brig (2 of 3)

/ (brɪɡ) /


a Scot and northern English word for a bridge 1

British Dictionary definitions for brig (3 of 3)


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