American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A military unit consisting of a variable number of combat battalions or regiments.
- n. A U.S. 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.
- n. A group of persons organized for a specific purpose: formed a bucket brigade to carry water to the fire.
- v. To form into a brigade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A party or division of troops or soldiers, whether cavalry or infantry, regulars or militia, consisting of several regiments, squadrons, or battalions, under the command of a brigadier, or brigadier-general. A brigade of horse is a body of eight or ten squadrons; of infantry, four, five, or six battalions or regiments.
- n. A body of individuals organized, generally wearing a uniform, and acting under authority: as, a fire brigade.
- To form into a brigade or into brigades: as, regiments of militia are brigaded with regiments of the line.
- Hence To arrange or embody in a single collection or group; group together, as in zoölogy, under a single name.
- n. In zoology, a division of no fixed value, used in the sense of ‘cohort,’ as a convenient term for assemblages of animals which may not be included in any of the divisions commonly employed.
- n. A small squad of engineers or of other technical troops: as, the full sap was executed by a brigade of eight sappers.
- n. A group of people organized to perform a common purpose. e.g. a work brigade, a fire brigade
- n. military Military unit composed of several regiments (or battalions) and including soldiers from different arms of service.
- v. To form troops into a brigade
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry, or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier general.
- n. Any body of persons organized for acting or marching together under authority.
- v. (Mil.) To form into a brigade, or into brigades.
- v. form or unite into a brigade
- n. army unit smaller than a division
- Borrowing from French brigade (Wiktionary)
- French, 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Those skills are transferable," said Army Col. Chris Gibson, commander of the brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division that is getting established here.”
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