brig·​and | \ ˈbri-gənd How to pronounce brigand (audio) \

Definition of brigand

: one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band : bandit

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brigandage \ ˈbri-​gən-​dij How to pronounce brigand (audio) \ noun

Examples of brigand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ruler tops out at seven feet six inches, suggesting an absolutely colossal brigand. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Sorrows of Black America," 22 Feb. 2021 Across the pastures, gangs of grandchildren ran like brigands. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 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,, "Old Globe's swashbuckling 'Robin Hood' is fizzy summer fun," 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, "Afghanistan’s Crippled Power Grid Exposes Vulnerability of Besieged Capital," 17 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of brigand

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brigand

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

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“Brigand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brigand

formal + old-fashioned : a robber who travels with others in a group

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