Definition of briar in English:


(also brier)


  • Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately, Maria snatched her hand back quicker than if it had just come into contact with a briar bush.’
    • ‘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.’


Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.