An example of brigand is a robber who steals from campers out for a hike.
Origin of brigand
- Middle English brigaunt from Old French from Old Italian brigante skirmisher from present participle of brigare to fight brigade
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English circa 1400, from Old French brigand (“foot soldier”) attested from 1421, from Latin brigō (“to fight”).