[ bri-geyd ]
/ brɪˈgeɪd /


verb (used with object), bri·gad·ed, bri·gad·ing.

to form into a brigade.
to group together.

Nearby words

  1. brierwood,
  2. brieux,
  3. brig,
  4. brig.,
  5. brig. gen.,
  6. brigadier,
  7. brigadier general,
  8. brigalow,
  9. brigand,
  10. brigandage

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 formsin·ter·bri·gade, adjectivesub·bri·gade, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brigade


/ (brɪˈɡeɪd) /


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 taska rescue brigade

verb (tr)

to organize into a brigade
to put or group together

Word Origin for brigade

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 brigade



"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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