brigand

noun brig·and \ ˈbri-gənd \

Definition of brigand

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

brigandage

play \-gən-dij\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of 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


BRIGAND Defined for English Language Learners

brigand

noun

Definition of brigand for English Language Learners

  • : a robber who travels with others in a group



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