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.