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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Promoted lieutenant in the brig Grasshopper, he was driven ashore on the Helder in December 1811.
▪ The brig has inmates from all four.
▪ The brig was built in 1992-a year before it was announced the Navy base at Treasure Island would be shut down.
▪ The brig was invented just for him.
▪ The image was of steam rising from the shower room of the Yokasuka brig.
▪ There he became master of the Emma, a brig of 122 tons.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Brig \Brig\, n. A bridge. [Scot.]


Brig \Brig\, n. [Shortened from Brigantine.] (Naut.) A two-masted, square-rigged vessel.

Hermaphrodite brig, a two-masted vessel square-rigged forward and schooner-rigged aft. See Illustration in Appendix.


Brig \Brig\, n. [Origin unknown.] (Nav.) On a United States man-of-war, the prison or place of confinement for offenders.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"two-masted square-rigged vessel," 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.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context nautical English) A two-masted vessel, square-rigged on both foremast and mainmast 2 (context US English) A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft. Etymology 2

n. (context Scotland English) bridge Etymology 3

n. brigadier.

  1. n. two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts

  2. a penal institution (especially on board a ship)


A brig is a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. During the Age of Sail, brigs were seen as fast and maneuverable and were used as both naval warships and merchant vessels. They were especially popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Brigs fell out of use with the arrival of the steam ship because they required a relatively large crew for their small size and were difficult to sail into the wind. They are not to be confused with a brigantine, which has different rigging (a brigantine has a gaff-rigged mainsail, while a brig has a square mainsail with an additional gaff-rigged spanker behind the mainsail). A brig is distinct from a three-masted ship by virtue of only having two masts.

Brig (disambiguation)

A Brig may refer to:

  • A brig, a type of sailing vessel.
  • A (chiefly US) term for a naval military prison or jail on a ship or navy base.
  • An obsolete abbreviation for a brigantine, a type of ship.
Brig (district)

The district of Brig is a district in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It has a population of (as of ).

Brig (C++ libraries)

Brig is a collection of cross-platform C++ 11 header only libraries that offers interaction with many databases and usability of the geometric data.

Usage examples of "brig".

We had the good fortune to take a large ship laden with barilla, and a brig with tobacco and wine.

I was at home on a brig, whether full-rigged or jackass: consequently I was equally easy on a schooner or a barkentine or a ship.

Tubby cargo bottoms were at the center, with lean brigs and barkentines flanking.

When the barque held on her course, another hail bellowed from the brig, following which her bow fell off again to larboard.

To leeward were a barque and a brig, and far back on their lee quarter, very faint, a sail.

I had not wished the barque for myself, I would not have fought this war brig, and so lost several men and suffered grave damage.

But since the breeze is dead contrary at present and likely to remain so until after sunset, I shall stand in, say farewell to the brigs and schooners, and then give those scoundrels in the town and the barracoons a salute that will put the fear of God into them.

At a guess, the hot, lazy days at the pirate camps on Grand Terre looked different from the barracoons than they did from the deck of a pirate brig.

His goal was the inn, and he had been advised in Berwick to cross the Yonder by what was known as the Roman Brig, and then to bend right through a firwood, to cross a strip of moor, to traverse the village of Yonder, and so find the inn a mile beyond on the hill above the stream.

The Old Laughing Lady is a schooner that can outsail that fat old brig on any sea, in any weather!

Picard stood slightly removed from the chaos in the starboard brig while Lieutenant Peart tried to rein in the prisoners, who were engaged in a frenzy of finger-pointing.

He ran his peroqua alongside of her, and found that she was a brig under the Portuguese flag, having, however, but two Portuguese on board, the rest of the crew being natives.

It was under the action of this cylinder, charged with some explosive substance, nitro-glycerine, picrate, or some other material of the same nature, that the water of the channel had been raised like a dome, the bottom of the brig crushed in, and she had sunk instantly, the damage done to her hull being so considerable that it was impossible to refloat her.

Gunning spread everything, and the bulky brig, from slopping like a wicker basket full offish, dug in her nose, and then her arse, and surged.

And then he saw them, two gaff-rigged single-masted ships with a brig between them, slicing across the wind to the south in an attempt to round Strumble Head.