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.
A brief account of the incident.
An example of brief is a one page paper.
Briefed the astronauts before the mission.
We were upset because he was so brief with us.
To brief pilots before a flight.
Her reign was brief but spectacular.
Each woman is a brief of womankind.
The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.
- In short.
- To argue for or be in favor of.
- In short; in a few words.
Origin of brief
- 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 mregh-u- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French brief, from Latin brevis (“short”). Compare French bref.