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brief

 (brēf)
adj. brief·er, brief·est
1. Short in time, duration, length, or extent.
2. Succinct; concise: a brief account of the incident.
3. Curt; abrupt: We were upset because he was so brief with us.
n.
1. A short, succinct statement.
2. A condensation or an abstract of a larger document or series of documents.
3. Law A document concisely stating the legal points being made, including often the citation and explanation of supporting legal authority.
4. Roman Catholic Church A papal letter that is not as formal as a bull.
5. A briefing.
6. often briefs Short, tight-fitting underpants.
7. briefs Chiefly British The instructions that are given to explain a task or assignment.
tr.v. briefed, brief·ing, briefs
1. To give instructions or preparatory information to: briefed the astronauts before the mission.
2. To summarize.
Idiom:
in brief
In short.

[Middle English bref, from Old French, from Latin brevis. N., Middle English bref, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]

brief′er n.
brief′ly adv.
brief′ness n.
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briefs

(briːfs)
pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) men's underpants or women's pants without legs
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.briefs - short tight-fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts)briefs - short tight-fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts)
underpants - an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

briefs

plural noun knickers, pants, underpants, undies, panties, broekies (S. African) (informal), smalls A bra and a pair of briefs lay on the floor.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
سِرْوَالٌ دَاخِلِيّلِباس تَحْتاني قَصير
slipykalhotky
underbuksertrusser
alushousut
gaćice
buxur
ブリーフ
브리프
trosor
กางเกงใน
quần lót

briefs

[ˈbriːfs] nplslip m
a pair of briefs → un slip
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

briefs

plSlip m; a pair of briefsein Slip
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

briefs

[briːfs] npl (man's) → slip m inv, mutande fpl; (woman's) → slip m inv, mutandine fpl
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

brief

(briːf) adjective
not long; short. a brief visit; a brief account.
noun
a short statement of facts (especially in a lawsuit, of a client's case). a lawyer's brief.
verb
to give detailed instructions to (especially a barrister, group of soldiers etc). The astronauts were briefed before the space mission.
ˈbriefing noun
instructions and information. The pilots were given a briefing before they left.
ˈbriefly adverb
He told me briefly what he knew.
briefs noun plural
(used especially in shops) women's pants or men's underpants. a pair of briefs.
brevity (ˈbrevəti) noun
shortness (of speech, writing, time etc). He is well known for the brevity of his speeches.
ˈbriefcase noun
a light case for papers, made of leather etc. a businessman's briefcase.
in brief
in a few words. In brief, we have been successful.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

briefs

سِرْوَالٌ دَاخِلِيّ slipy underbukser Slip σλιπ bragas, interiores alushousut slip gaćice slip ブリーフ 브리프 onderbroek underbukse majtki cueca трусы trosor กางเกงใน külot quần lót 短内裤
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