[ 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.

Origin of brigadier

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

Related forms

brig·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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