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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 In a series of tweets, the president said he was opposed changing the names of bases such as Alabama’s Fort Rucker, named for Col. Edmund Rucker, a brigade commander in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Leada Gore |, al, "Trump: We will not rename military bases that honor Confederate leaders," 10 June 2020 Several thousand soldiers with a Chinese PLA Air Force airborne brigade took just a few hours to maneuver from Central China's Hubei Province to northwestern, high-altitude region amid China-India border tensions. James Griffiths, CNN, "The border spat between India and China is turning into an all-out media war," 9 June 2020 In Poland, where reports indicate troops will be relocated, Stoltenberg highlighted the U.S.’s new brigade, its lead in a NATO battle group, and the construction of a missile-defense base. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "NATO downplays report of Trump European troop withdrawal," 8 June 2020 As the latter group walked crosstown on Fifty-ninth Street, a brigade of officers on motorcycles could be seen speeding west down Fifty-seventh street. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Protesting Past Curfew in New York City," 4 June 2020 The brigade provides a command and control element for the battalion, which primarily provides military police and engineering capability. NBC News, "Arkansas declares state of emergency," 4 June 2020 The brigade of volunteers surprised weary business managers and owners who’d expected to clear glass and board up storefronts on their own. Joshua Fechter,, "Police out in force in downtown San Antonio Sunday night after violence, looting marred Saturday’s George Floyd protest," 31 May 2020 In 2014, the Northern Fleet put the Arctic brigades under its command; soldiers equipped with the latest gear for cold climate warfare. James Glanz, New York Times, "A Deep-Diving Sub. A Deadly Fire. And Russia’s Secret Undersea Agenda.," 20 Apr. 2020 That the partisan brigades depended on female combatants who risked their lives every day is glossed over. Catherine Bailey, WSJ, "‘A House in the Mountains’ Review: Four Against Fascism," 31 Jan. 2020 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, "Making Life Cheap," 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, "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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The first known use of brigade was in 1634

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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