brigand

noun
brig·and | \ˈbri-gənd \

Definition of brigand 

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

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Other Words from brigand

brigandage \-gən-dij \ noun

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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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 Celt origin; akin to Old Irish bríg strength

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

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brigand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brigand

: a robber who travels with others in a group

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