[ brig-uh-deer ]
/ ˌbrɪg əˈdɪər /


British Military. a rank between colonel and major general.
U.S. Army Informal. a brigadier general.
History/Historical. a noncommissioned rank in the Napoleonic armies.

Nearby words

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

Origin of brigadier

1670–80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2

Related formsbrig·a·dier·ship, nounun·der·brig·a·dier, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brigadier


/ (ˌbrɪɡəˈdɪə) /


an officer of the British Army or Royal Marines who holds a rank junior to a major general but senior to a colonel, usually commanding a brigade
an equivalent rank in other armed forces
US army short for brigadier general
history a noncommissioned rank in the armies of Napoleon I

Word Origin for brigadier

C17: from French, from brigade

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Word Origin and History for brigadier



1670s, "officer in command of a brigade," from French brigadier, from brigade (see brigade).

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