Definition of brig noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪɡ//
    Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1 a ship with two masts (= posts that support the sails) and square sails See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2(North American English) a prison, especially one on a warship
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: abbreviation of brigantine (the original sense).

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