brig·​and ˈbri-gənd How to pronounce brigand (audio)
: one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band : bandit
brigandage noun

Examples of brigand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saúl is a brigand while Isabella is a noblewoman, and the tale tells of the couple’s struggle as their families oppose their union. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Scavenger is a brigand Gawain encounters on his journey., 30 July 2021 The ruler tops out at seven feet six inches, suggesting an absolutely colossal brigand. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Across the pastures, gangs of grandchildren ran like brigands. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2019 As Robin Hood, Daniel Reese creates a flesh-and-blood version of the storybook character, imbuing the Middle Ages brigand with a conscience for the poor and some humorous frailties. Pam Kragen,, 31 July 2017 Traveling by road even a few dozen miles outside the city can be a dicey proposition because of insurgents and brigands. David Jolly, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2016 See More

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Word History


Middle English brigaunt, from Middle French brigand, from Old Italian brigante, from brigare to fight, from briga strife, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bríg strength

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brigand was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brigand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


brig·​and ˈbrig-ənd How to pronounce brigand (audio)
: bandit
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