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

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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 The prestigious brigade role serves as a class president of sorts as Barber oversees the student body. Jasmine Wright, CNN, 28 May 2021 The first was Midshipman Juliane Gallina, who led the brigade in fall 1991, when women were still prohibited from flying warplanes or serving on warships at sea. New York Times, 28 May 2021 The brigade then helped assist with the response to six hurricanes before preparing for their deployment to Syria and Iraq. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 21 May 2021 American ships even landed a U.S. Army brigade in Albania. David Axe, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The USS Monterey’s haul of illicit weapons is about enough to arm a standard infantry brigade of 2,500 troops—or an equivalent number of Houthi guerrillas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2021 To qualify, teams competed at regional brigade Ranger Challenges and SRU placed second at an event earlier this year at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 8 May 2021 At 7:14 on the dot, the artillery brigade officers fire the twin cannons into the sunset. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2021 During the 2020 presidential campaign, Pearce tailed a brigade of Democratic primary candidates across Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, 5 July 2017 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

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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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The first known use of brigade was in 1634

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4 Jun 2021

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“Brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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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