from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outlaw or bandit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light-armed, irregular foot soldier.
  • n. A lawless fellow who lives by plunder; one of a band of robbers; especially, one of a gang living in mountain retreats; a highwayman; a freebooter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of irregular foot-soldier.
  • n. A robber; a freebooter; a highwayman; especially, one of a gang of robbers living in secret retreats in mountains or forests.
  • n. Synonyms Bandit, etc. See robber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band


Middle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight; see brigade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English circa 1400, from Old French brigand ("foot soldier") attested from 1421, from Latin brigō ("to fight"). (Wiktionary)



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