- The definition of brief is short in length or lasting for only a short time.
An example of brief is a one page paper.
- A brief is defined as a short written or spoken statement or a statement of the main points of a legal case.
- An example of brief is a five minute news segment covering a short announcement by the president.
- An example of brief is a paper that explains why a person is guilty of a crime.
brief definition by Webster's New World
- of short duration or extent
- short in length
- using relatively few words; concise
- curt or abrupt
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French bref ; from Classical Latin brevis ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mreĝhu-, short from source merry, Classical Greek brachys
- a summary or abstract
- a concise statement of the main points of a law case, usually filed by counsel for the information of the court
- Chiefly Brit. a set of instructions for the participants in some project, investigation, etc., indicating the scope of their responsibilities: often used figuratively
- R.C.Ch. a papal letter less formal than a bull
- closefitting, legless undershorts
- women's panties that cover the body from the waist to the leg
Origin: ME bref < OFr < LL breve < L, neut. of brevis: see brief
- to make a summary of
- to supply with all the pertinent instructions or information: to brief pilots before a flight
- to furnish with a legal brief
- to hire as counsel
brief definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective brief·er, brief·est
- Short in time, duration, length, or extent.
- Succinct; concise: a brief account of the incident.
- Curt; abrupt.
- A short, succinct statement.
- A condensation or an abstract of a larger document or series of documents.
- Law a. A formal outline listing main contentions along with supporting evidence and documentation.b. A document containing all the facts and points of law pertinent to a specific case, filed by an attorney before arguing the case in court.
- Roman Catholic Church A papal letter that is not as formal as a bull.
- A briefing.
- briefs Short, tight-fitting underpants.
- To summarize.
- To give instructions or preparatory information to: briefed the astronauts before the mission.
Origin: Middle English bref, from Old French, from Latin brevis. N., Middle English bref, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.
- briefˈer noun
- briefˈly adverb
- briefˈness noun
brief - Computer Definition
An early text editor for DOS programming from Borland. It provided automatic indentation and the ability to edit different parts of a source program at the same time.
brief - Legal Definition
brief - Phrases/Idioms
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