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

Other Words from brigand

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

Examples of brigand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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