The definition of a brigade is an organized group of people, especially soldiers.noun
- An example of a brigade is a group of people passing water to put out a fire.
- An example of a brigade is a military group commanded by a colonel.
- a large unit of soldiers
- Historical a unit of the U.S. Army comprising two or more regiments
- now, a military unit composed of two or more battalions with service and administrative units
- a group of people organized to function as a unit in some work: a fire brigade
Origin: Fr < MFr < OIt brigata, troop, company < brigare, to contend < briga, strife, quarrel
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- a. A military unit consisting of a variable number of combat battalions or regiments.b. A U.S. Army administrative and tactical unit composed of a headquarters unit, at least one unit of infantry or armor or both, and designated support units. A brigade can be commanded by a brigadier general or by a colonel.
- A group of persons organized for a specific purpose: formed a bucket brigade to carry water to the fire.
Origin: French, from Old French, company, from Old Italian brigata, from brigare, to fight, from briga, strife, of Celtic origin; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.