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brigadier

[ brig-uh-deer ]
/ ˌbrɪg əˈdɪər /
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noun
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.
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Origin of brigadier

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

OTHER WORDS FROM brigadier

brig·a·dier·ship, nounun·der·brig·a·dier, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brigadier

brigadier
/ (ˌbrɪɡəˈdɪə) /

noun
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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