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

At issue: The Pirates posted a historic hit brigade this weekend at Coors Field at the expense of the Rockies. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Pat Valaika, James Pazos and Jeff Hoffman join Rockies with still more September call-ups to come," 1 Sep. 2019 Near Vila Nova Samuel, a jungle infantry brigade accompanied firefighters and agents of the country’s environmental enforcement agency to a brush fire that threatened to consume a wooden shack, the home of farmer Adaa Raauwendaal and his family. Washington Post, "Protect or develop? Amazon fires signal growing pressure," 31 Aug. 2019 A few years, men 50 and 60 years old played football while former cheerleaders, brigade and band strutted their stuff too. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bear Fair promises fun and Texas high school memories," 12 Aug. 2019 The other dignitaries were a roll-call of conservative Greece: army generals, police officers, priests, municipal administrators and traditional military brigades. The Economist, "Family trouble," 4 July 2019 There had been no evangelical charge of the light brigade in 2016, no meaningful Christian-conservative opposition to Trump. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism," 12 Sep. 2019 Within 50 days, Mattis was leading an expeditionary brigade in Afghanistan. Rick Pearson,, "In Chicago, former Defense Secretary James Mattis recounts 9/11, warns of internal divisions as threat to nation," 11 Sep. 2019 General Yeager’s division is made up of four brigade combat teams, usually over 4,000-strong, spread across 13 western states and Pacific territories. The Economist, "Laura Yeager, General," 4 July 2019 The anti-no-deal brigade planned to block the traditional three-week break for the main parties' annual conferences, which was due to begin around September 14. Matt Wells, CNN, "Boris Johnson just took a huge step to ensure Brexit happens on October 31," 28 Aug. 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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