adjective, brief·er, brief·est.
- a writ summoning one to answer to any action.
- a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
- a written argument submitted to a court.
- (in England) the material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
verb (used with object)
Origin of brief
British Dictionary definitions for in brief
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Derived Formsbriefly, adverbbriefness, noun
Word Origin for brief
Idioms and Phrases with in brief (1 of 2)
Also, in short; in a word. Concisely, in few words, to sum up. All three phrases usually precede or follow a summary statement, as in In brief, we didn't get much out of his speech, or There was no agenda; in short, they could discuss whatever they wanted to, or The sun was shining, the sky was clear—in a word, it was a beautiful day. The first expression dates from the early 1400s; in short dates from the 1300s but the present usage dates from the 1700s; the hyperbolic in a word (since there is nearly always more than one word) dates from the late 1500s.
Idioms and Phrases with in brief (2 of 2)
see hold no brief for; in brief.