I. adjective Etymology: Middle English bref, breve, from Anglo-French bref, brief, from Latin brevis; akin to Old High German murg short, Greek brachys Date: 14th century 1. short in duration, extent, or length 2. a. concise b. curt, abruptbriefness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English bref, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin brevis, from Late Latin, summary, from Latin brevis, adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. an official letter or mandate; especially a papal letter less formal than a bull b. a specific instruction or responsibility <
his brief was to strengthen the army
2. a. a concise article b. synopsis, summary c. a concise statement of a client's case made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law 3. an outline of an argument; especially a formal outline especially in law that sets forth the main contentions with supporting statements or evidence 4. plural short snug pants or underpants III. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to make an abstract or abridgment of 2. a. to give final precise instructions to b. to coach thoroughly in advance c. to give essential information to 3. to discuss (as a military operation) in a briefing <
briefed the mission
briefer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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