1.1 informal A prison, especially on a warship.
- I've seen my fair share of brigs and prisons and I've seen them on both sides of the wall.
- A security team lead the prisoners off to the brig.
- You've saved a pirate from the brig, helped him find his hat and now you're talking surgery to him.
early 18th century: abbreviation of brigantine (the original sense).
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