WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bri•gade /brɪˈgeɪd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Militarya military unit:A brigade consists of a headquarters and two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
  2. Militarya large body of troops.
  3. a group of individuals organized for a purpose:the rescue brigade.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bri•gade  (bri gād),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -gad•ed, -gad•ing. 
n. 
  1. Militarya military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
  2. Militarya large body of troops.
  3. a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose:a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
  4. See  bucket brigade. 
  5. American History[Hist.]a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, esp. as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.

v.t. 
  1. Militaryto form into a brigade.
  2. to group together.
  • Old Italian brigata company of soldiers, origin, originally group, band, equivalent. to brig(are) probably to associate (with), be together (obsolete sense) (see brigand) + -ata -ade1
  • French
  • 1630–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

brigade /brɪˈɡeɪd/ n
  1. a formation of fighting units, together with support arms and services, smaller than a division and usually commanded by a brigadier
  2. a group of people organized for a certain task: a rescue brigade
vb (transitive)
  1. to organize into a brigade
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old French, from Old Italian, from brigare to fight, perhaps of Celtic origin; see brigand



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