1. A two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on both masts.
2. A jail or prison on board a US Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
3. A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a US military installation.
[Short for BRIGANTINE. Senses 2 and 3, from the use of ships as prisons.]
(click for a larger image)brig
replica of the 1857 brig
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