bri·​gade | \ bri-ˈgād How to pronounce brigade (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Warrant Officer Nobuaki Watarai, 51 years old, addresses his brigade before their recent training jump near Mount Fuji. Chieko Tsuneoka And Alastair Gale, WSJ, "For Japan’s Aging Military, the Future Is a Gray Area," 17 Sep. 2018 The absurd response to Flores’ revelation—from Biden, his supporters, and the inevitable brigade of defensive white men—has been entirely focused on Biden’s feelings. Glamour, "What Lucy Flores Can Teach Us About How We Value Women’s Feelings," 3 Apr. 2019 These brigades are designed to be rapidly deployable, flying overseas on short notice. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Will Pit Two Light Tank Designs Against One Another," 18 Dec. 2018 Joseph Maciel, who was killed by an Afghan soldier as part of an inside job, is the brigade’s first casualty. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 This April, a National Guard air defense brigade from South Carolina began rotating deployments to Germany. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Puts More Pieces on Europe's WWIII Chessboard," 10 Sep. 2018 The Israeli military brought two extra brigades to the Gaza border in preparation for the demonstrations and added additional ‘‘defense lines’’ in an effort to prevent any mass invasion into Israeli communities near the border., "Death toll for Gaza protests rises; more demonstrations expected," 15 May 2018 Bringing a 501st brigade to a wedding requires planning for plus-ones. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Darth Vader, Your Presence Is Required at Our Star Wars Wedding," 1 Aug. 2018 One, a small lioness, was found by the customs brigade in a cage in a garage in the southern French port city of Marseille . John Leicester, The Seattle Times, "Causing an uproar: Lion-car combo the latest in selfie bling," 14 Nov. 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., "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
often disapproving : a group of people who have the same beliefs


bri·​gade | \ bri-ˈgād How to pronounce brigade (audio) \

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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