brief·​ly ˈbrē-flē How to pronounce briefly (audio)
: in a brief way
briefly mentioned
: in brief
the food, briefly, was awful
: for a short time
briefly married

Examples of briefly in a Sentence

Several important issues are only briefly mentioned. Please briefly describe your experience. We briefly considered canceling the trip.
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of briefly was in the 13th century

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“Briefly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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