Brig meaning

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A two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on both masts.
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A jail or prison on board a US Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
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A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a US military installation.
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A two-masted ship with square-rigged sails.
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A place where offenders are temporarily confined, as on a warship.
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The guardhouse; prison.
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(nautical) A two-masted vessel, square-rigged on both foremast and mainmast.
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(US) A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft.
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(Scotland) Bridge.

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Origin of brig

  • Short for brigantine Senses 2 and 3, from the use of ships as prisons
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Abbreviated from brigantine, from Italian brigantino; in sense “jail”, from the use of such ships as prisons.
    From Wiktionary
  • Shortening of brigadier
    From Wiktionary