brigade


1bri·gade

noun \bri-ˈgād\

: a large group of soldiers that is part of an army

: a group of people organized to act together

: a group of people who have the same beliefs

Full Definition of BRIGADE

1
a :  a large body of troops
b :  a tactical and administrative unit composed of a headquarters, one or more units of infantry or armor, and supporting units
2
:  a group of people organized for special activity

Examples of BRIGADE

  1. The morality brigade insists that the book be censored.
  2. <a clean-up brigade put the parish hall back in good order>

Origin of BRIGADE

French, from Italian brigata, from brigare to fight — more at brigand
First Known Use: 1634

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2brigade

verb
bri·gad·edbri·gad·ing

Definition of BRIGADE

transitive verb
:  to form or unite into a brigade

First Known Use of BRIGADE

1781

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

brigade

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Military unit commanded by a brigadier general or a colonel and composed of two or more subordinate units, such as regiments or battalions. Two or more brigades make up a division.

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