brigadier general


: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a colonel and whose insignia is one star

Examples of brigadier general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of family members of those captured have pressed the government for a response, resulting in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointing Gal Hirsch, a reservist brigadier general, to spearhead efforts to rescue the hostages. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 9 Oct. 2023 Richard Allen has served as a chief deputy under four Alabama attorneys general, was state prison commissioner for five years, and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a brigadier general. Mike Cason |, al, 5 Sep. 2023 Meanwhile, the brigadier general tapped to replace Collins is also stuck, forced to extend his assignment at Space Systems Command in Los Angeles rather than starting work in Huntsville. Alexandra Heal, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2023 Short-range rockets are also a threat because Iron Dome is less effective at ranges of 2.5 miles or less, Michael Herzog, a retired brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces who was appointed the Israeli ambassador to the United States in November 2021, told The Post in 2019. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 But entering World War II, those issues are brushed aside, and Leslie Groves (Matt Damon), a hard-charging brigadier general heading up the Manhattan Project, recruits Oppenheimer to be its director. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Later, Castleman commanded the Louisville Legion, the forerunner of the Kentucky National Guard, then served as a brigadier general for the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2023 Yet in the final days before the midterm elections, the hard-charging, Trump-supporting former Army brigadier general is polling neck-and-neck with that incumbent, Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan, in a race that could decide control of the US Senate. Emma Platoff,, 6 Nov. 2022 Castleman, who also was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War, has drawn both harsh criticisms and praise from the Louisville community. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brigadier general was in 1690

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“Brigadier general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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brigadier general

brig·​a·​dier general
: a military commissioned officer with a rank just below major general
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