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.

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Origin of brig

First recorded in 1705–15; short for brigantine

Definition for brig (2 of 2)

Brig.

brigade.
brigadier.
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British Dictionary definitions for brig (1 of 3)

brig1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for brig (2 of 3)

brig2
/ (brɪɡ) /

noun

a Scot and northern English word for a bridge 1

British Dictionary definitions for brig (3 of 3)

Brig.

abbreviation for

Brigadier
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