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briefie, noun

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Formerly also briefje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch briefje), brief letter + diminutive suffix -ie.
1. obsolete. brief.
1873 F. Boyle To Cape for Diamonds 318A dam-keeper, who brought up two horses and three oxen, captured from a drove of fifty or more, found drinking at the dam without a briefje.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 88Briefje,..A note or letter; sometimes it is used of the ‘Pass’ which a native must have when passing from one part of the country to another with stock.
2. In historical contexts. A note or licence given by a land-owner to a digger, usually at a small fee, entitling him to the freehold of a claim, and constituting a lease in perpetuity. Also attributive.
1910 J. Angove In Early Days 26The original diggers at Du Toit’s Pan held their claims by right of a note, or licence, issued by the owner of the farm, termed a ‘briefje’, hence the claims held under these titles were known as ‘briefje claims.’
1976 B. Roberts Kimberley 20We paid down our money, and he granted us ‘briefies’ (written licences) in acknowledgement. This is the origin of what are known as ‘briefie claims’. They constituted to all intents and purposes leases in perpetuity.
brief.
A note or licence given by a land-owner to a digger, usually at a small fee, entitling him to the freehold of a claim, and constituting a lease in perpetuity. Also attributive.

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