from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on both masts.
- n. A jail or prison on board a U.S. Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
- n. A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a U.S. military installation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A two-masted vessel, square-rigged on both foremast and mainmast
- n. A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft.
- n. A Scottish variation of bridge
- n. Brigadier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bridge.
- n. A two-masted, square-rigged vessel.
- n. On a United States man-of-war, the prison or place of confinement for offenders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bridge.
- n. A utensil used in breweries and in dairies to set the strainer on.
- n. A kind of iron set over a fire.
- n. A ledge of rocks running out into the sea.
- n. A vessel with two masts square-rigged, nearly like a ship's mainmast and foremast.
- n. The place on board a man-of-war where prisoners are confined.
- n. An abbreviation of Brigade; Brigadier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts
- n. a penal institution (especially on board a ship)
Short for brigantine. Senses 2 and 3, from the use of ships as prisons.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviated from brigantine, from Italian brigantino; in sense “jail”, from the use of such ships as prisons. (Wiktionary)
Shortening of brigadier (Wiktionary)