- 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.
The definition of a brigade is an organized group of people, especially soldiers.
- 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
transitive verb-·gad′ed, -·gad′ing
to organize into a brigade
- 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
To form into a brigade.
Origin of brigadeFrench 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.
- 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!
(third-person singular simple present brigades, present participle brigading, simple past and past participle brigaded)
- To form troops into a brigade