- a military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
- a large body of troops.
- a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose: a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
- bucket brigade.
- History/Historical. a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, especially as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.
- to form into a brigade.
- to group together.
Origin of brigade
Related Words for brigadebody, party, organization, force, contingent, corps, army, company, posse, crew, band, detachment, troop, team, group, outfit, squad, unit
Examples from the Web for brigade
Contemporary Examples of brigade
Simultaneously, a brigade of mercenaries and Congolese soldiers would seal off the city and expel the guerrillas.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
His fixer, who Barfi said was affiliated with the Islamist Tawhid brigade, was set free 15 days later.Obama Administration and Sotloff Family Battle Over Blame for Journalist’s Kidnapping
September 22, 2014
Shamsi led the FSA brigade in the Syrian city of Der al Zour, the largest city on the Syria-Iraq border.Obama Is Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Syrian Rebels Say
August 25, 2014
The commander of the Army brigade assigned to defend Bayji had retreated to Tikrit.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
With the Vice Minster of Justice now a hostage, Gen. Pardo's 4th brigade had little choice but to strike.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of brigade
The first Maryland brigade as a corps de reserve on the road.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He advised that the Guides should be called up to reinforce the brigade.
Meanwhile, the 3rd Brigade had passed a tranquil night at Nawagai.
That attack had been repulsed with slaughter, and the brigade was concentrated.
Across the broad plain the whole of the brigade was in echelon.
- 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
- to organize into a brigade
- to put or group together
Word Origin for brigade
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.