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

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 This system can support the equivalent of a brigade-sized expeditionary unit, with voice, text and data traffic at up to 30m bits per second (bps). The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 There were the open-wheel IndyCars, but IMSA's Weathertech Sportscar Championship was also present and correct, supported by the gravity-defying Super Stadium Trucks and the flame-spitting Trans-Am brigade. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Detroit Grand Prix in pictures," 5 June 2018 Saif was apprehended by a militia brigade in 2011, the same year he was charged by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Ian Bremmer, Time, "5 Politicos With Questionable Academic Credentials," 5 Mar. 2018 Leave it to the model brigade to usher in next season’s most coveted looks. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Gets a Leg Up On Next Season’s It Shoe," 27 Sep. 2018 The increase — from two bases now to five — means there will be women in infantry and armor units at 45 percent of the Army installations that have combat brigades. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "Mattis: Jury is out on women succeeding in combat jobs," 26 Sep. 2018 On Friday, Arakan Army brigades launched coordinated attacks on four police posts in Rakhine, killing 13 Myanmar security forces and taking weapons and a cache of ammunition. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Buddhist Violence Portends New Threat to Myanmar," 4 Jan. 2019

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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