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bri·​gade bri-ˈgād How to pronounce brigade (audio)
: a large body of troops
: a tactical and administrative unit composed of a headquarters, one or more units of infantry or armor, and supporting units
: a group of people organized for special activity


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brigaded; brigading

transitive verb

: to form or unite into a brigade

Examples of brigade in a Sentence

Noun The morality brigade insists that the book be censored. a clean-up brigade put the parish hall back in good order
Recent Examples on the Web
Sweden may also join NATO’s multinational enhanced forward brigade in Latvia, intended to put allied troops in all the alliance countries bordering Russia. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 With its tank battalion shrinking to the size of a company, the brigade initiated its second tank swap. David Axe, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The brigade said Russia agreed but later posted footage showing that three of the soldiers were already dead. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 The establishment of corporate brigades highlights Beijing’s growing concerns about potential conflict abroad as well as social unrest at home as the economy stumbles, analysts say. Laura He, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Russian warplanes have been dropping about 60 bombs a day, relentlessly shelling the area and launching assaults with armor and infantry, the brigade said. Illia Novikov and Barry Hatton, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Feb. 2024 The protesters, mustered into brigades with names like the Swords of Truth, were peddling a conspiracy theory that Castro’s death was part of a coup. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Five brigades, made up of several thousand troops, were expected to leave Gaza over the next several weeks. Colin P. Clarke, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 The brigade’s methods include moving quickly in, and firing fast from, nimble armored trucks. David Axe, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024
This is just one of the tactics in brigading, where disinformation agents seek to silence dissenting viewpoints by casting them as the wrong choice. H. Colleen Sinclair, The Conversation, 7 Dec. 2023 These communities have also been known to brigade other subreddits, meaning members would hop into other subreddits and spam them with falsehoods about the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin or the effectiveness of vaccines. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Sep. 2021 This strain of eliminationism is not simply a derangement of the political right; the notes sounded by the dollars versus deaths brigade come straight from the liberal hymnbook. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 18 May 2020 He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Washington Post, 5 July 2017 Brigade defensive back Qumain Black was named the game's outstanding defender., 3 June 2017 See More

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Word History



French, from Italian brigata, from brigare to fight — more at brigand

First Known Use


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brigade was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a body of soldiers consisting of two or more regiments
: a group of people organized for acting together
a fire brigade

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