- 1A subdivision of an army, typically consisting of a small number of infantry battalions and/or other units and often forming part of a division: he commanded a brigade of 3,000 menMore example sentences
- By 1921, Conner was a 47-year-old brigadier general preparing for his first command of an infantry brigade.
- A disturbing trend involving named areas of interest continues to recur at the infantry battalions and brigades.
- He has commanded airborne infantry units at the company, battalion, brigade and division levels.
- 1.1An organization with a specific purpose, typically with a military or quasi-military structure: the local fire brigadeMore example sentences
- Reindeer became the property of collective farms, and herders were organized into brigades (working teams).
- Pete Brown, the village fire chief, organized the all-girl brigade as men and teen-age boys drifted away.
- And we currently have teams of 50 or so working with each of the special police brigades.
- 1.2 [in singular] • informal , often • derogatory A group of people with a common characteristic or dedicated to a common cause: the anti-smoking brigadeMore example sentences
- The Blue-Rinse brigade came out in force for the sellout show.
- Hearing was out of the question, due to the shrieks of the band's bobbysoxer brigade.
- But character stands neglected in Bollywood's fear brigade.
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- 1 • rare Form into a brigade.More example sentences
- After periods of training, the 12th brigaded with the 13th, 14th and 16th Regiments.
- He was fascinated with the Volunteer Infantry, which was brigaded with his own.
- Two divisions were sent to France, although one lacked artillery and was brigaded with the French.
- 1.1Associate with (someone or something): they thought the speech too closely brigaded with illegal actionMore example sentences
- Conflict has been a banner behind which a large number of disparate discontents have been brigaded.
mid 17th century: from French, from Italian brigata 'company', from brigare 'contend', from briga 'strife'.