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brief pronunciación
adjective (briefer , briefest )
1 lasting only a short time a brief meeting .
2 short or small a brief pair of shorts .
3 said of writing or speech: using few words; concise a brief note .
noun
1 law
a a summary of the facts and legal points of a case, prepared for the barrister who will be dealing with the case in court;
b a case taken by a barrister;
c colloq a barrister.
2 instructions given for a job or task.
3 (briefs) a woman's or man's close-fitting underpants without legs.
4 (also breve and papal brief) RC Church a letter from the Pope, less formal in nature than a papal bull3, written on a matter of discipline.
verb (briefed , briefing )
1 to prepare someone by giving them instructions in advance.
2 law
a to inform (a barrister) about a case by a brief ( noun 1a);
b to retain (a barrister) as counsel.
[14c in the form bref : French, from Latin brevis short]
briefless adjective said of a barrister: holding no brief; without a client.
briefly adverb
1 using few words Let me explain it briefly .
2 for a short time visited her briefly at home .
briefness noun being brief, especially using few words; brevity.
hold a brief for someone or something
1 law said of a barrister: to be retained as counsel for them or it.
2 to advocate something; to argue for them or it.
hold a brief or no brief for someone or something to support or not to support (ie argue in favour of) them or it.
in brief in few words; briefly.


briefcase pronunciación
noun a light, usually flat, case for carrying papers, etc.


briefing
noun
1 a meeting at which instructions and information are given, or any instance of making or giving a brief (see brief noun 1a, 2).
2 the instructions or information given at such a meeting.


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