Definition of brigade in English:


Line breaks: bri|gade
Pronunciation: /brɪˈgeɪd


  • 1A subdivision of an army, typically consisting of a small number of infantry battalions and/or other units and forming part of a division: he commanded a brigade of 3,000 men
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    • 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 military or quasi-military structure: a volunteer ambulance brigade
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    • 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 informal , often • derogatory A group of people with a characteristic in common: the anti-smoking brigade
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    • 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.
    squad, team, group, band, party, body, crew, force, outfit, section
    informal bunch


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  • 1Form into a brigade: the militia, which was brigaded with regular formations to improve its training
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    • 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 action
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    • 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'.

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