Definition of brigand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbriɡənd/


A member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains.
Example sentences
  • This was a reference to the place's reputation in the past as a dangerous spot for highwaymen and brigands.
  • They are yesteryear's forest brigands who have turned protectors.
  • ‘He was a brigand, impostor and forger,’ he says.



Pronunciation: /ˈbriɡ(ə)ndij/
Example sentences
  • Bodin distinguished between war and other forms of organized violence such as raiding and brigandage.
  • In February 1801 special criminal courts with wide powers were created to deal with brigandage.
  • After nine years of brigandage, he turned back to Wessex and began to ‘contend for the kingdom.’


Pronunciation: /-drē/
Example sentences
  • Calvinus had died rich, the protector of innumerable sheep-farmers, the scourge of Southern brigandry.
  • In this role he set out to deal with brigandry and banditry of the Isaurian warlord Indacus.
  • After the Jacobite rebellion failed Rob continued his brigandry, and had his finger in more than one illegal pie.


Late Middle English (also denoting an irregular foot soldier): from Old French, from Italian brigante, literally '(person) contending', from brigare 'contend' (see brigade).

Words that rhyme with brigand


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Syllabification: brig·and

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