Origin of brigcontr. from brigantine
- U.S. Navy a place where offenders are temporarily confined, as on a warship
- Mil., Slang the guardhouse; prison
Origin of brigfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on both masts.
- A jail or prison on board a US Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
- A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a US military installation.
Origin of brigShort for brigantine Senses 2 and 3, from the use of ships as prisons
replica of the 1857 brig
- (Scotland) bridge
Shortening of brigadier