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

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 Firefighters who cut their teeth in the devastating 1994 fires went on to form BRIF, a rapid-deployment specialized brigade akin to the special forces in the army. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 There is nothing to suggest any concern about the ESG brigade starving the company of capital. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Serhiy Tarasenko, whose soldiers with the 98th infantry brigade have been fighting in farmland south of the city of Kryvyi Rih, said Russian artillery has targeted tractors and combines, which are spotted by drones. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 The 128th brigade did get one new piece of modern equipment recently: Its members seized an enemy BMP-3 combat vehicle with less than 5,000 miles on it. Serhiy Morgunov, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 This week, the brigade’s commander, Vitaly Gulyaev, was killed in a rocket attack. Michael Schwirtz,, 25 July 2022 The language and expectations of the high-end brigade de cuisine have been imprinted on him like a tattoo on the soul. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Leads the Minnesota high school brigade and his upside as a confident, creative offensive defenseman is attractive to NHL scouts. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 Russia deployed 110 brigade tactical groups in the invasion of Ukraine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These communities have also been known to brigade other subreddits, meaning members would hop into other subreddits and spam them with falsehoods about the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin or the effectiveness of vaccines. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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