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brig

[brig] /brɪg/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
  2. (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
  3. 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
1705-1715
1705-15; short for brigantine

Brig.

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Examples from the web for brig
  • 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.
  • It was no fun to be in the brig, but those who broke regulations were on full notice about what awaited them.
  • It is, at bottom, that whoever stole the cables should be thrown in the brig.
  • brig staff could access the data from each housing unit, the control center, and the enrollment area.
  • brig two masts, both squarerigged with a spanker on the mainmast.
British Dictionary definitions for brig

brig1

/brɪɡ/
noun
1.
(nautical) a two-masted square-rigger
2.
(mainly US) a prison, esp in a navy ship
Word Origin
C18: shortened from brigantine

brig2

/brɪɡ/
noun
1.
a Scot and northern English word for a bridge1

Brig.

abbreviation
1.
Brigadier
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Word Origin and History for brig
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for brig

brig

noun
  1. The detention cell of a ship
  2. A naval prison (1850s+ Nautical)
  3. Any military jail or prison (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for brig

brig

brigade

Brig.

brigadier
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