noun \ˈbre-və-tē\

: the use of few words to say something

: the quality or fact of lasting only for a short period of time

plural brev·i·ties

Full Definition of BREVITY

:  shortness of duration; especially :  shortness or conciseness of expression

Examples of BREVITY

  1. The book's major flaw is its brevity.
  2. <the best quality a graduation speech can have is brevity>
  3. Mike Espy resigned under pressure as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday at a news conference remarkable for its brevity and general absence of whining. —New York Times, 4 Oct. 1994

Origin of BREVITY

Latin brevitas, from brevis (see breve)
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with BREVITY


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