[ brig-uhnd ]
/ ˈbrɪg ənd /


a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.

Origin of brigand

1350–1400; variant of Middle English briga(u)nt < Middle French brigand < Old Italian brigante companion, member of an armed company, equivalent to brig(are) to treat, deal (with), make war (derivative of briga trouble, strife; of uncertain origin) + -ante -ant


Related forms

brig·and·age, nounbrig·and·ish, adjectivebrig·and·ish·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brigandage


/ (ˈbrɪɡənd) /


a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas

Derived Forms

brigandage or brigandry, noun

Word Origin for brigand

C14: from Old French, from Old Italian brigante fighter, from brigare to fight, from briga strife, of Celtic origin
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