brig

[brig]
noun
1.
Nautical.
a.
a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
b.
(formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
c.
the compartment of a ship where prisoners are confined.
2.
a place of confinement or detention, especially in the U.S. Navy or Marines; guardhouse.

Origin:
1705–15; short for brigantine

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brig1 (brɪɡ)
 
n
1.  nautical a two-masted square-rigger
2.  chiefly (US) a prison, esp in a navy ship
 
[C18: shortened from brigantine]

brig2 (brɪɡ)
 
n
a Scot and northern English word for a bridge

Brig.
 
abbreviation for
Brigadier

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brig
1720, colloquial shortening of brigantine (q.v.). Apparently such vessels being used for prison ships led to extended meaning "a jail," first recorded 1852.
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brig definition

[brɪg]
  1. n.
    jail. (From the term for a naval prison or a shipboard jail.) : Throw this jerk in the brig.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
brig
brigade
Brig.
brigadier
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Example sentences
There were a couple of other sailors still in the brig, which was set up in the
  carpenter shop.
For a year she was kept in a military brig while her broadcasts were
  investigated.
Only later was he transferred to a navy brig as an enemy combatant, and then
  solely on the authority of the president.
And in the military penal system, the brig commander is well within his
  authority in imposing these punishments.
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