An example of brigand is a robber who steals from campers out for a hike.
Origin of brigandMiddle English brigaunt ; from Old French ; from OIt brigante ; from brigare: see brigade
Origin of brigandMiddle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight; see brigade.
- brig′and·age , brig′and·ism
From Middle English circa 1400, from Old French brigand (“foot soldier”) attested from 1421, from Latin brigō (“to fight”).