brigade

noun
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

brigade

verb
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

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: Noun

Part of that strategy included sending the adviser brigade, commonly known as the SFAB. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was supporting the Army’s new adviser brigade," 8 July 2018 The kitchen runs like a brigade, and Kyle Koenig, center, the chef de cuisine, occupies the top position — save for Mr. Colicchio’s as chef and owner. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 Maciel, who was the third U.S. service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year, was deployed in February as part of Trump's South Asia strategy, working on a brigade of advisers to train and advise Afghan soldiers and police. NBC News, "Pompeo in Afghanistan: The Taliban 'cannot wait us out'," 9 July 2018 The Amaleqa brigades have captured dozens of rebel fighters, including minors, in the airport fighting, the officials added. Washington Post, "Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport," 19 June 2018 The school is known in town for its emphasis on community, according to Cleary, with a 23-year streak of donating food to the food pantry around Thanksgiving, as well as the organizing a backpack brigade each June. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Morley School's 90 Years: A Look Through The Hartford Courant Archives," 5 June 2018 The Beltway media brigades held their annual night of industry awards and partying on Saturday, but this year’s event is notable for triggering some buyer’s remorse. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf," 29 Apr. 2018 In the past two years, the Army has also slowly begun standing up small brigades — usually of roughly 1,000 soldiers — specifically to take on advisory missions that are often specific to Special Forces troops and larger military units. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Pentagon may cut commando forces in Africa in major military review," 4 June 2018 Image In the past two years, the Army has also slowly begun standing up small brigades — usually of roughly 1,000 soldiers — specifically to take on advisory missions that are often specific to Special Forces troops and larger military units. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Pentagon May Cut Commando Forces in Africa in Major Military Review," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. baltimoresun.com, "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

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brigade

Noun

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

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brigade

noun

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

brigade

noun
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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