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

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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 According to the Encyclopeadia Britannica, Bagnold was an army brigadier who studied the origin of sand dunes and the process of sediment transport. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Footage of Early 20th-Century Explorations Now Available Online," 31 May 2017 Owen Monconduit, the first African American In Louisiana to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the Louisiana National Guard, served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kevin Litten,, "How much will the Sewerage & Water Board emergency leadership be paid?," 28 Aug. 2017 After being nominated by President Richard Nixon, Dr. Compton was appointed by the U.S. Senate to the rank of brigadier general of the Medical Corps Reserve at age 49, overseeing four Army reserve hospitals. John Scheinman, Laurel Leader, "J. Richard 'Dick' Compton, military physician 'adopted' by Laurel," 15 Aug. 2017 The Racine native had earned his brigadier general's star a month earlier and the bases built through his planning on the strategic Pacific island of Guam were filled with B-29 bombers thundering down the runways for targets in Japan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Photos: Air Force base on Guam named after Racine World War II veteran," 10 Aug. 2017 Three years later, he was promoted to brigadier general, serving as the assistant division commander with the 1st Marine Division. Lindsay Kimble,, "PEOPLE Explains: All About Retired Gen. John Kelly, the New White House Chief of Staff Who Lost a Son in Combat," 31 July 2017 The two people from Menendez and Rubio’s list who won’t be included are Carlos Alberto Osorio Zambrano, head of the strategic region of integral defense, and Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres, a brigadier general. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, "U.S. to sanction 13 more Venezuelans ahead of showdown vote," 26 July 2017 Families of the victims have been notified, and a list of victims should be released in coming days, said James, the brigadier general. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Engine from Mississippi Marine plane crash found, sheriff says," 13 July 2017

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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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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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