Briar or brier is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants, including species in the genera "Rosa", "Rubus" and "Smilax".

Briar or Brier may also refer to:

* Tim Hortons Brier (or simply "The Brier"), the Canadian men's curling championship

;Place names
* Briar, Missouri, in Ripley County
* Brier, Washington, in Snohomish County

* Kathy Brier, an American actor and singer
* Markus Brier, (born 1968) an Austrian golfer
* Richard Briers, a British actor

;In fiction
*Briar Moss, from the "Circle of Magic" and "Circle Opens" quartets by Tamora Pierce
*"The Briar King", a novel by Greg Keyes
* Black briar, a fictional top secret CIA program from the book and movie "The Bourne Ultimatum"
*Huckleberry Briar, a district in Strawberryland from the "Strawberry Shortcake" series, where Huckleberry Pie resides

;Ethnic Slur
*Briar, term used in the U.S. Midwest, especially Ohio, for Appalachian migrants from Kentucky and West Virginia. These migrants, seeking work in Midwestern industries, were generally considered unwelcome, therefore the analogy to a thorny weed.

Brier score, a probability-related measure

;See also
*Briar wood is wood from the root of Erica arborea, used for making smoking pipes.
*Briar Patch, a disambiguation page

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  • Brier — Tim Hortons Brier Tim Hortons 2005 Le Brier Tim Hortons, aussi connu sous le nom de Le Brier, est le championnat canadien annuel de curling masculin, sanctionné par l Association canadienne de curling (ACC). L évènement actuel porte le nom de son …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Brier — Bri er, Briar Bri ar (br[imac] [ e]r), n. [OE. brere, brer, AS. br[=e]r, br[ae]r; cf. Ir. briar prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas bush, brier, W. prys, prysg.] 1. A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brier — ist der Name folgender Personen: Bob Brier (* 1943), US amerikanischer Ägyptologe Kathy Brier (* 1975), US amerikanische Schauspielerin Markus Brier (* 1968), österreichischer Profigolfer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Brier (Massachusetts)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • brier — brier1 [brī′ər] n. [ME brere (with vowel change as in FRIAR < ME frere) < OE brer, brær] 1. any prickly or thorny bush, as a bramble or wild rose 2. a growth of such bushes 3. a twig of a brier briery adj. brier2 [brī′ər] …   English World dictionary

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