- a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.
Origin of brigand
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Examples from the Web for brigand
And it was this ogre, this brigand, this scoundrel Macquart, whom Adelaide had chosen!The Fortune of the Rougons
Pretty thing to go down on your knees to the brigand who has stripped you!The Eternal City
It may be an ignoble thing to lie, but with what other weapon was I to fight this brigand?The Shame of Motley
Grantline with his treasure, unsuspecting this brigand ship.
She must see that my interview has been with an English gentleman, and not a brigand chief.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
- a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Word Origin and History for brigand
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.