bri·​gade | \bri-ˈgād \

Definition of brigade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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


brigaded; brigading

Definition of brigade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form or unite into a brigade

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Synonyms for brigade

Synonyms: Noun

army, band, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, platoon, squad, team

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Examples of brigade in a Sentence


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

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Also, Iran has been charged with sending Afghan Shiites, most of who live as refugees in Iran, to fight in Syria in an Afghan-only brigade known as the Fatimayoun Brigade. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Top diplomats at UN meeting offer support for Afghanistan," 28 Nov. 2018 At the same time, the service is set to buy two battalions’ worth of air defense vehicles for its Stryker brigade combat teams. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s First Laser Weapons Will Kill Aircraft and Drones," 17 Oct. 2018 Gunn has been a stern critic of President Donald Trump, and the right-wing brigade seemed to be politically motivated. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Warner Bros. has hired ex-Marvel director James Gunn to work on a Suicide Squad sequel," 9 Oct. 2018 Mahmoud Khalaf, Samarra’s mayor since 2005, credited the brigades with facilitating the return of residents who had fled the Islamic State threat. Washington Post, "Public enemy or savior? An Iraqi city could reveal the true Moqtada al-Sadr," 4 July 2018 And in the last few days, Poland has called for the U.S. to make its rotational brigade team of 5,000 soldiers a permanent fixture in Warsaw as Russia brandishes its military power. Ross Kenneth Urken, The New Republic, "Playing Geopolitics With the World Cup," 5 June 2018 New territorial disputes with China—and China’s enormous military—have spurred Tokyo to develop certain types of these weapons, including a brigade of amphibious marines, meant to take back Japanese territory captured in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018 Currently, there is only budget for four brigades to receive this life-saving, futuristic shield. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018 His administration canceled a missile-defense system for Poland and the Czech Republic in 2009, and retired two U.S. Army brigades from Europe in 2012. Alina Polyakova, WSJ, "Trump Gives Europe a Wake-Up Call," 24 May 2018

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He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in southern Afghanistan," 5 July 2017 He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Washington Post, "1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in southern Afghanistan," 5 July 2017 Brigade defensive back Qumain Black was named the game's outstanding defender., "Digest (June 3): Berdan wins Baltimore 10 Miler; Brigade loses to Tampa Bay," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of brigade


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brigade


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

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English Language Learners Definition of brigade

: 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


bri·​gade | \bri-ˈgād \

Kids Definition of brigade

1 : a body of soldiers consisting of two or more regiments

2 : a group of persons organized for acting together a fire brigade

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