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[bri-geyd] /brɪˈgeɪd/
a military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
a large body of troops.
a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose:
a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
History/Historical. a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, especially as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.
verb (used with object), brigaded, brigading.
to form into a brigade.
to group together.
Origin of brigade
1630-40; < French < Old Italian brigata company of soldiers, orig. group, band, equivalent to brig(are) probably to associate (with), be together (obsolete sense) (see brigand) + -ata -ade1
Related forms
interbrigade, adjective
subbrigade, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for brigaded
Historical Examples
  • They were to be brigaded at half-past five, so the “Fall-in” would be at five.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • We were brigaded with them for a bit and under fire at the same time.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • I have a companion who must be brigaded with me, and I must go on active service at once.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • This was the first occasion on which the corps had been brigaded since their formation.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Having slaughtered the Indian males or brigaded them in slave-gangs, the Conquistadores took the Indian women to themselves.

  • It was not every day that he saw himself "brigaded" in such company, and he reddened slightly as he accepted the compliment.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • These two regiments had been brigaded together since the beginning of the war, and had fought side by side in every action.

  • The Wilts Regiment (some companies of which are brigaded with us) lost several men and an officer.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • This is the country where several of our own divisions are now fighting, brigaded with the British and French troops.

    Fighting the Boche Underground

    Harry Davis Trounce
  • Regiments found themselves suddenly torn from their old associates, and brigaded with strangers.

British Dictionary definitions for brigaded


a formation of fighting units, together with support arms and services, smaller than a division and usually commanded by a brigadier
a group of people organized for a certain task: a rescue brigade
verb (transitive)
to organize into a brigade
to put or group together
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Old Italian, from brigare to fight, perhaps of Celtic origin; see brigand
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Word Origin and History for brigaded



"subdivision of an army," 1630s, from French brigade "body of soldiers" (14c.), from Italian brigata "troop, crowd, gang," from brigare "brawl, fight," from briga "strife, quarrel," perhaps of Celtic (cf. Gaelic brigh, Welsh bri "power") or Germanic origin.

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