- 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 brigands
In April, 1870, a party of English travelers in Greece were seized by brigands.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"Brigands of the Moon" is getting more and more interesting.
He was a victim of the band of brigands commanded by Beau-Francois.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Angers has fallen, and now the brigands are threatening Nantes itself.
What have you done with the fifteen brigands I sent you this evening?
- a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Word Origin and History for brigands
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.