Definition of brief adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//briːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːf//
    (briefer, briefest) Describing clothes
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  1. 1  lasting only a short time; short a brief visit/meeting/conversation a brief pause/silence Mozart's life was brief.
  2. 2  using few words a brief description/summary/account Please be brief (= say what you want to say quickly).
  3. 3(of clothes) short and not covering much of the body a brief skirt See related entries: Describing clothes
  4. see also brevity, briefly
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French brief, from Latin brevis ‘short’. The noun is via late Latin breve ‘note, dispatch’, hence ‘an official letter’.Extra examples Could you make it brief? I’ve got a meeting in ten minutes. I promised to be brief. The diary entries were tantalizingly brief. The wait was mercifully brief, little more than an hour. This necessarily brief account concentrates on two main areas. David gave me a brief summary of what was said at the meeting. He began with a brief introduction. Mozart’s life was brief. Please be brief. Saunders’s lawyer made a brief statement to the press outside the court. Sean gave a brief glance at the screen. The author makes only a brief mention of the role of Japan in this period. The leaflet provides a brief description of the changes to the benefits system. The prime minister is due to make a brief visit to South Korea. There was a brief silence after I made my announcement.Idioms in a few words, without details In brief, the meeting was a disaster. Now the rest of the news in brief.
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