Meaning of “briar” in the English Dictionary

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"briar" in British English

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briarnoun [ C or U ]

also brier uk /ˈbraɪ.ər/ us /ˈbraɪ.ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A garden will soon be overrun with weeds and briars, if it is not cultivated with the greatest care. 
  • His coat was torn, his hat lost, and his face scratched right across with briars. 
  • Martin, too, wore old clothes that would be none the worse for meeting with briars or crushed berries. 
  • There was more than one bower composed entirely of rose-trees, and there were very long hedges of sweet briar and Scotch roses. 
  • Upon the ridge thus formed he built a post and rail fence and along it planted cedars, locusts, pines, briars or thorn bushes to discourage cattle and other stock. 

(Definition of “briar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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