gun brig



a naval brig of the 18th century having from 8 to 12 guns.

Origin of gun brig

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gun brig

Historical Examples of gun brig

  • It proved otherwise; they were a British gun-brig and French merchant-schooner.

  • Boyd naturally spoke of his projects to Sterling,—of his gun-brig lying in the Irish creek, among others.

  • The dawn had revealed the presence of the Jackal to the smugglers no less than the latter had been revealed to the gun-brig.

  • It happened, however, one day that an English gun-brig had appeared off Suez, and sent her boats ashore to take in fresh water.


    A. W. Kinglake

  • A strong framework was fitted on two gun-brig hulks, with powerful tackle for lowering and raising the cylinder.