brig·​a·​dier ˌbri-gə-ˈdir How to pronounce brigadier (audio)
: an officer in the British army commanding a brigade and ranking immediately below a major general

Examples of brigadier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the current unrest unfolded, Al-Saadi's star was on the rise: as a brigadier in the special forces, he was dispatched to placate and then suppress the brewing revolt in Benghazi on February 16. Frederic Wehrey, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2011 The Prince of Wales conducted a morning of investitures at Windsor Castle on behalf of his father on Wednesday, presenting medals to the likes of former soccer player Ellen White and brigadier Tobias Lambert, who was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Andrew attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and would go on to serve in the military for 34 years, eventually rising to the position of brigadier. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2023 In an unprecedented undertaking by a democratic government, the trial of the juntas directly established the guilt of former presidents, admirals and brigadiers. Akiva Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 The name comes from Eduardo Gomes, an early 20th-century Brazilian political and air force brigadier. Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, Bon Appétit, 9 Dec. 2020 Four Russian brigadier generals have died in three weeks on the battlefield in Ukraine, Kyiv officials said, showing faults in Moscow’s ability to lead troops into battle. William Mauldin, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Russian major generals are roughly equivalent in rank to American one-star or brigadier generals. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 The featured veterans range from foot soldiers to prisoners of war to brigadier generals. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021

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Word History


French, from brigade

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brigadier was in 1668

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“Brigadier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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