Origin of brigandMiddle English brigaunt from Old French from OIt brigante from brigare: see brigade
The definition of brigand is a robber or bandit.
An example of brigand is a robber who steals from campers out for a hike.
A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.
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”).
- But, once free, he had no scruple in cheating the imperial brigand of his blackmail.
- And they defeated the genius Napoleon and, suddenly recognizing him as a brigand, sent him to the island of St. Helena.
- Joseph's authority did not exist throughout a large part of the kingdom, where royalist risings, led by brigand chiefs, maintained a state of anarchy, and a British force under Sir John Stuart, which landed in Calabria from Sicily, defeated the French at Maida (July 6th, 1806).
- Croce, Studii storici sulla rivoluzione Napoletana del 1799 (Rome, 1897); Freiherr von Helfert has, attempted the impossible task of whitewashing Queen Mary Caroline in his Konigin Karolina von Neapel and Sicilien (Vienna, 1878) and Maria Karolina von Osterreich (Vienna, 1884), while in his Fabrizio Ruffo (Italian edition, Florence, 1885) he gives a rose-coloured" portrait of that prelate and his brigand bands; see also H.
- In spite of his youth he soon found an opportunity of displaying his mettle; for he arrested Hezekiah the arch-brigand, who had overrun the Syrian border, and put him to death.