brig

noun (1)
\ˈbrig \

Definition of brig 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a 2-masted square-rigged ship

brig

noun (2)

Definition of brig (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a place (as on a ship) for temporary confinement of offenders in the U.S. Navy

Definition of brig (Entry 3 of 3)

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

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A two-masted sailing ship with square rigging on both masts is called a brig. Brigs were both naval and merchant (mercantile) vessels. As merchantmen, they often followed coastal trading routes. However, ocean voyages were not uncommon, and some were even used for whaling and sealing. Naval brigs carried 10–20 guns on a single deck. In the 18th and 19th centuries, they served as couriers for battle fl eets and as training vessels for cadets. Brigs of the early US Navy won distinction on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812. Because square rigging required a large crew, merchant brigs became uneconomical, and in the 19th century they began to give way to vessels such as the schooner and the bark.

First Known Use of brig

Noun (1)

1712, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brig

Noun (1)

short for brigantine

Noun (2)

probably from brig entry 1

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brig

noun
\ˈbrig \

Kids Definition of brig

: a square-rigged sailing ship with two masts

brig

noun
\ˈbrig \

Legal Definition of brig 

1 : a place (as on a ship) for temporary confinement of offenders in the United States Navy

2 : a military prison

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