brief (n.) Old form(s): breefe, priefe
summary, short account
AC V.ii.138[Cleopatra to Caesar] This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels / I am possessed of
AW V.iii.137[Gentleman to King, of Diana's letter] she told me, / In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern / Your highness with herself
MND V.i.42[Philostrate to Theseus] There is a brief how many sports are ripe
MW I.i.134[Evans to all] I will make a prief of it in my notebook >> WELSH, p.000
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