1

brief

play
adjective \ˈbrēf\

Definition of brief

  1. 1 :  short in duration, extent, or length <a brief meeting>

  2. 2a :  concise <gave a brief description of events> <promises to be brief>b :  curt, abrupt

briefness

noun

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. The meeting will be brief.

  2. The essay is brief but thorough enough.

  3. a few brief words of caution

Origin and Etymology of brief

Middle English bref, breve, from Anglo-French bref, brief, from Latin brevis; akin to Old High German murg short, Greek brachys


First Known Use: 14th century


2

brief

noun

Definition of brief

  1. 1a :  an official letter or mandate (see 1mandate 1); especially, Roman Catholicism :  a papal letter less formal than a bullb :  a specific instruction or responsibility <his brief was to strengthen the army>

  2. 2a :  a concise article (as in a newspaper) <a news brief>b :  synopsis, summaryc law :  a concise statement of a client's case made out for the instruction of an attorney usually by a law clerk

  3. 3 :  an outline of an argument; especially, law :  a formal written presentation of an argument that sets forth the main points with supporting precedents and evidence <a legal brief> <filed a brief>

  4. 4 briefs plural [ 1brief] :  short snug pants or underpants <wearing briefs>

in brief

  1. :  in a few words :  briefly <today's news in brief>

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. Her brief is to manage the company's sales department.

  2. <a one-page brief of the intelligence report>

Origin and Etymology of brief

Middle English bref, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin brevis, from Late Latin, summary, from Latin brevis 1brief


First Known Use: 14th century


3

brief

verb

Definition of brief

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an abstract or abridgment of <brief a report> <summarized northeastern Siberian archaeology and has briefed many normally unavailable sources — Wendell Oswalt>

  3. 2a :  to give final precise instructions to <were briefed before their mission>b :  to coach thoroughly in advancec :  to give essential information to <The president is being briefed by his advisors.>

  4. 3 :  to discuss (as a military operation) in a briefing <briefed the mission>

briefer

noun

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. The captain briefed the crew on the new safety procedures.

  2. The President has been briefed by his advisers.

Origin and Etymology of brief

verbal derivative of 2brief


First Known Use: 1836

Other Broadcasting Terms



BRIEF Defined for English Language Learners

1

brief

play
adjective \ˈbrēf\

Definition of brief for English Language Learners

  • : lasting only a short period of time

  • : using only a few words

  • of clothing : covering less of the body than is usual


2

brief

noun

Definition of brief for English Language Learners

  • : a brief statement or report

  • law : a document that states the facts a lawyer plans to use in a court case

  • : instructions that explain what a person is supposed to do


3

brief

verb

Definition of brief for English Language Learners

  • : to give information or instructions to (someone)


BRIEF Defined for Kids

1

brief

play
adjective \ˈbrēf\

Definition of brief for Students

briefer

briefest

  1. :  not very long :  short <a brief explanation>

briefly

adverb

2

brief

play
verb

Definition of brief for Students

briefed

briefing

  1. :  to give information or instructions to <The captain briefed the crew on the plan.>


Law Dictionary

1

brief

noun

Legal Definition of brief

  1. 1 :  a concise statement of a client's case written for the instruction of an attorney usually by a law clerk —called also memorandum

  2. 2 :  a formal written presentation of an argument that sets forth the main points with supporting precedents and evidence

Additional Notes on brief

Briefs are filed either by a party or an amicus curiae with a court usually regarding a specific motion (as for summary judgment) or point of law.

Origin and Etymology of brief

Old French bref, brief letter, writ indicating legal proceedings, from Late Latin brevis, breve short document, summary, from Latin brevis, adjective, short


2

brief

transitive verb

Legal Definition of brief

  1. :  to write a brief concerning (a motion or question of law)



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up brief? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a principle or belief held by a group

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ