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[brig-uh-deer] /ˌbrɪg əˈdɪər/
British Military. a rank between colonel and major general.
U.S. Army Informal. a brigadier general.
History/Historical. a noncommissioned rank in the Napoleonic armies.
Origin of brigadier
1670-80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2
Related forms
brigadiership, noun
underbrigadier, noun Unabridged
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  • In that, the brigadier insisted, lay our only chance of success.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • All this I saw in the swift gallop down the hill to rejoin the brigadier.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • And the brigadier hopes you 'll be speedy with it, for you must reach Maltz by nightfall.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I could, for instance, send a messenger with a word to the brigadier of the gendarmerie in Senlac.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • From the star on either shoulder, Micheals knew he was a brigadier general.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
British Dictionary definitions for brigadier


an officer of the British Army or Royal Marines who holds a rank junior to a major general but senior to a colonel, usually commanding a brigade
an equivalent rank in other armed forces
(US, army) short for brigadier general
(history) a noncommissioned rank in the armies of Napoleon I
Word Origin
C17: from French, from brigade
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Word Origin and History for brigadier

1670s, "officer in command of a brigade," from French brigadier, from brigade (see brigade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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