[ brig-uhnd ]
/ ˈbrɪg ənd /
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a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM brigandbrig·and·age, nounbrig·and·ish, adjectivebrig·and·ish·ly, adverb
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How to use brigand in a sentence
The Rome government dismissed these peasant rebels as mere "brigands."David's Book Club: Who Ruined Southern Italy?|David Frum|July 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Oh how often have knowledge and keen wits and understandings/ Been as deadly as brigands or ghouls to the wayfarer.Imperial Locavores|Ian Klaus|August 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But when the women thought of the bands of brigands who hide in the mountain passes, they began to fear.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
He had dealings with the brigands and was arrested in the suit of the Chauffeurs of Mortagne, in 1809, but acquitted.
Signalized as the hardiest of the indirect allies of the brigands in the affair of the "Chauffeurs of Mortagne."
Indeed he offered no resistance when the "Brigands" stole the government chests.
Underneath wisps of tawny hair, rather Mephistophelian, were clear-blue eyes, brilliant and sharp as a brigands.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for brigand
/ (ˈbrɪɡənd) /
a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Derived forms of brigandbrigandage 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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