- The definition of a brigade is an organized group of people, especially soldiers.
- 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 of brigadeFrench ; from Middle French ; from OIt brigata, troop, company ; from brigare, to contend ; from briga, strife, quarrel
- a. A military unit consisting of a variable number of combat battalions or regiments.b. A US 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.
transitive verbbri·gad·ed, bri·gad·ing, bri·gades
Origin of brigadeFrench, from Old French, company, from Old Italian brigata, from brigare, to fight, from briga, strife, of Celtic origin; see gwer&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A group of people organized for a common purpose.
- a work brigade; a fire brigade
- (military) Military unit composed of several regiments (battalions) and including soldiers from different arms of service.
- (derogatory) A group of people who share views or beliefs.
- More sympathy for career criminals from the bleeding-heart brigade!
- In many countries, a military brigade was traditionally formed from two or more regiments. According to the country and time period, brigade may also designate a much smaller groups of soldiers. A modern US brigade usually consists of three battalions and forms part of a division.
(third-person singular simple present brigades, present participle brigading, simple past and past participle brigaded)
- To form troops into a brigade