Main definitions of briar in English

: briar1briar2

briar1

(also brier)

noun

  • Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially a wild rose.

    • ‘Throughout this long afternoon, we remained motionless in the briar patch.’
    • ‘Glen smiled at the thought of a dirty forest with trees, briars, and wild animals.’
    • ‘Immediately, Maria snatched her hand back quicker than if it had just come into contact with a briar bush.’
    • ‘‘You're not stupid,’ Bella continued, speaking more to the rose briars than to him.’
    • ‘On one side lay a patch of endless briars on the other a 20 ft drop to the sharp rocks and unbridled sea below.’

Origin

Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

briar

/brʌɪə/

Main definitions of briar in English

: briar1briar2

briar2

(also brier)

noun

  • 1A tobacco pipe made from woody nodules borne at ground level by a large woody plant of the heather family.

    • ‘The Centenier finished his coffee, while Holmes selected and filled his briar pipe.’
    • ‘The briar pipe continued to epitomise solid, dependable, common sense masculinity.’
    • ‘Every man present had filled his clay or briar pipes with good Virginia tobacco.’
    tobacco pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
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  • 2The tree heath, which bears the nodules from which briar pipes are made.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French bruyère heath, heather, from medieval Latin brucus.

Pronunciation:

briar

/brʌɪə/