[ bri-geyd ]
/ brɪˈgeɪd /


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

to form into a brigade.
to group together.

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 forms

in·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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