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bri·​gade bri-ˈgād How to pronounce brigade (audio)
: a large body of troops
: a tactical and administrative unit composed of a headquarters, one or more units of infantry or armor, and supporting units
: a group of people organized for special activity


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brigaded; brigading

transitive verb

: to form or unite into a brigade

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
His younger son, an Army lieutenant, was detained by military operatives on the outskirts of Damascus, after another officer in his brigade reported him for watching Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 The brigade, armed with Leopard 2 A4 tanks, was engaged by Islamic State forces and lost ten Leopard 2s. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Sabre Training Advisory Group has received approval from a Ukrainian brigade to purchase and transport supplies. William Reno, Foreign Affairs, 19 July 2023 Lowry was part of the PBS brigade in Anchorage for the filming of the show at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2023 The Ukrainian brigade that is participating in the fighting in the area said that its assault units were attacking Russian positions near the village of Verbove, nine miles east of Robotyne. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 One local complaint involved a 19-year-old accused of soliciting money in the name of the brigade but keeping it for himself. Lorenzo Tugnoli, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 Heavy casualties Leonid Polyakov, a former Ukrainian vice defense minister, said that in two separate cases, once in June and another time in July, a brigade commander had pursued direct assaults during the counteroffensive in hopes of a swift victory. Phil McCausland, NBC News, 4 Aug. 2023 His 128th brigade of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces helped de-mine the corridors that enabled a 5-mile advance in July as well as the capture last week of the village of Staromaiorske in southeast Ukraine. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2023
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. 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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Word History



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

First Known Use


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brigade was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a body of soldiers consisting of two or more regiments
: a group of people organized for acting together
a fire brigade

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