Jockey shorts
Brief Brief (br[=e]f), n. [See {Brief}, a., and cf. {Breve}.] 1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words. [1913 Webster]

Bear this sealed brief, With winged hastle, to the lord marshal. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And she told me In a sweet, verbal brief. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An epitome. [1913 Webster]

Each woman is a brief of womankind. --Overbury. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument. [1913 Webster]

It was not without some reference to it that I perused many a brief. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster]

Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in the United States, counsel generally make up their own briefs. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See {Breve}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

5. (Scots Law) A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence. [1913 Webster]

6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

7. pl. a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called {Jockey shorts}. [PJC]

{Apostolical brief}, a letter of the pope written on fine parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the secretary of briefs, dated ``a die Nativitatis,'' i. e., ``from the day of the Nativity,'' and sealed with the ring of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its parchment, written character, date, and seal. See {Bull}.

{Brief of title}, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds and other papers constituting the chain of title to any real estate.

{In brief}, in a few words; in short; briefly. ``Open the matter in brief.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jockey shorts — jock ey shorts (j[o^]k [=e] sh[^o]rts), n. pl. [from a Tradename.] A type of men s underpants without legs, fitting tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called {briefs}. Originally a tradename, the term has become common for that type… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jockey shorts — n. [< Jockey, a trademark] [often J s ] boys or men s closefitting knit undershorts, as of cotton, with an elastic waistband …   English World dictionary

  • Jockey shorts — Jockey .shorts n [plural] trademark a type of men s cotton underwear that fits very tightly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Jockey shorts — Jockey ,shorts TRADEMARK a type of tight men s underwear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jockey shorts — N PLURAL: also a pair of N Jockey shorts are a type of men s underpants. [TRADEMARK] …   English dictionary

  • Jockey shorts — noun short tight fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts) • Syn: ↑briefs • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑underpants …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jockey shorts — Jock′ey shorts cvb clo trm Trademark. short, close fitting underpants …   From formal English to slang

  • Jockey shorts — Trademark. a brand of short, close fitting underpants with an elastic band around the waist; briefs. * * * …   Universalium

  • jockey shorts — plural noun trademark men s close fitting underpants with a short leg …   English new terms dictionary

  • jockey shorts — noun (plural) trademark a type of men s cotton underwear that fits very tightly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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