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[brest; for 2 also Russian bryest] /brɛst; for 2 also Russian bryɛst/
a seaport in the W extremity of France: German submarine base in World War II; surrendered to Allies September 1944.
Formerly Brest Litovsk. a city in SW Byelorussia (Belarus), on the Bug River: formerly in Poland; German-Russian peace treaty 1918. Unabridged
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  • Two of the three great fortresses forming the Polish triangle had now gone; Brest alone remained, and its doom was already sealed.

  • It was to command an English prize, lately captured and brought into Brest.

  • The two rocks separated by an arm of the sea, are about six miles distant from Brest.

  • We shall probably be sent to watch Brest, or l'Orient, or some other port.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • He came over as an migr from Brest some three months ago, hidden in a smuggler's ship.

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Or it may be that they want to get news of what ships there are in Brest.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • The Admiralty, in its primary anxiety about Brest, imposed upon him a delay under which he chafed angrily.

    The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2) A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
  • The two portions from Brest and Cherbourg had now united their forces.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for Brest


a port in NW France, in Brittany: chief naval station of the country, planned by Richelieu in 1631 and fortified by Vauban. Pop: 149 634 (1999)
a city in SW Belarus: Polish until 1795 and from 1921 to 1945. Pop: 299 000 (2005 est) Former name (until 1921) Brest Litovsk (brɛst liˈtɔfsk) Polish name Brześć nad Bugiem
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Word Origin and History for Brest

city in France, from Celtic, from bre "hill." The city in Belarus is from Slavic berest "elm." Part of Lithuania from 1319, it thus was known, for purposes of distinguishing them, as Brest Litovsk until 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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