brigadier

noun
brig·​a·​dier | \ ˌbri-gə-ˈdir How to pronounce brigadier (audio) \

Definition of brigadier

1 : 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 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, "Who Is Camilla's First Husband, Andrew Parker Bowles?," 23 Nov. 2019 The brigadier subsequently received the Distinguished Service Order for his work in Sierra Leone. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The brigadier remained at large, according to two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. oregonlive.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 The brigadier remained at large, according to two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Elias Meseret, BostonGlobe.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 The attack in Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara, was led by a renegade brigadier who had recently been pardoned by the prime minister after being jailed by the previous government, authorities said. oregonlive.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 The attack in Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara, was led by a renegade brigadier who had recently been pardoned by the prime minister after being jailed by the previous government, authorities said. Elias Meseret, BostonGlobe.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra was born on May 21, 1947, in the Punjab region to Pritpal and Joginder Singh Kalra, a brigadier in the Indian Army. New York Times, "Jiggs Kalra, Food Writer Who Elevated Indian Fine Dining, Dies at 72," 12 June 2019 The retired brigadier was sworn-in and then took his oath of office, minutes after the declaration of the result by the country's chief justice, Abdulai Cham, the Sierra Leone Telegraph reported. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Sierra Leone declares former junta head president," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brigadier

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brigadier

French, from brigade

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“Brigadier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brigadier. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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brigadier

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English Language Learners Definition of brigadier

: a British army officer who is in charge of a brigade also : the rank of a brigadier

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