[ brig ]
/ brɪg /
- 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.
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Origin of brig
First recorded in 1705–15; short for brigantine
Definition for brig (2 of 2)
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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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