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Dictionary Definition

brief adj
1 of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it's a little way away" [syn: little]
2 concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement"
3 (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini" [syn: abbreviated]


1 a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case [syn: legal brief]
2 a condensed written summary or abstract v : give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

User Contributed Dictionary

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From brevis


  • /briːf/, /bri:f/


  1. Of short duration or distance.
  2. Concise.

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of short duration or distance


  1. An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.
  2. A short news story or report.
    • We got a news brief.

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a short news story or report
  • Spanish: breve


  1. To knowledgeably summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power.
    The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.
  2. transitive law To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.

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  • /briːf/


  1. letter

Extensive Definition

Brief may refer to:
Briefs are a type of tight Y-shaped underwear and swimwear but may also refer to:
  • The Briefs, a Seattle band
  • Götz Briefs, a Catholic social theorist, social ethicist, social philosopher and political economist

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