The Mexican brigand hoped to take the "cow boys" unawares—surprise them—kill them, and drive away their herds.
I had no doubt at all I was in the company of a smuggler, and possibly of a brigand.
A brigand was crouching at a front corner of the main building!
I went to meet them, and told them the brigand had fled over two hours previously.
Need we tell with what triumphant success the "brigand's Bride" was received?
This peasant had an unusually energetic countenance, almost like some brigand.
The oracle replied to his question that Adrastus was king of the Sicyonians and Cleisthenes was a brigand.
And there springs Radicofani, the eagle's eyrie of a brigand brood.
With his black felt hat and his old brown coat, discoloured by long usage, he looked like a kind of brigand.
Every one to his calling, friend Isaachar, said the brigand chief.
c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from Old French brigand (14c.), from Italian brigante "trooper, skirmisher, foot soldier," from brigare (see brigade). Sense of "one who lives by pillaging" is from early 15c., reflecting the lack of distinction between professional mercenary armies and armed, organized criminals.