brig

[ brig ]
/ brɪg /

noun

Nautical.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. brienz,
  2. brier,
  3. brierroot,
  4. brierwood,
  5. brieux,
  6. brig.,
  7. brig. gen.,
  8. brigade,
  9. brigadier,
  10. brigadier general

Origin of brig

First recorded in 1705–15; short for brigantine

Brig.

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British Dictionary definitions for brig

brig

1
/ (brɪɡ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for brig

C18: shortened from brigantine

noun

a Scot and northern English word for a bridge 1

Brig.

abbreviation for

Brigadier
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Word Origin and History for brig

brig

n.

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.

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