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
It would be grossly unfair to apply the name brigand to the Mainotes and similar clans, who had to choose between being flayed by the Turks or living by the sword under their own law.
A sherrif who executes a brigand isn't a hero, he's just doing his job - unless the brigand is a larger than life figure, in which case, he becomes the more interesting character.
Thus, in all imaginative countries, the brigand is a hero; even the assassin who shoots his victim from behind a hedge appeals to the fancy in Tipperary or on the Abruzzian hills.
The Latin words for robber are fur and latro; the former taken from the Greek for, from GREEK íþþþ or fhrw, Latin fero, I carry away; the latter from laqrw, I play the part of a brigand, which is derived from lhqw, Latin lateo, I conceal myself.
Those times were somewhat wild and barbarous, signore, and a gentleman who protected his estates and asked tribute of strangers was termed a brigand, and became highly respected.
It was all merely a bit of American "bluff," and it succeeded because the brigand was a coward, and dared not emulate his daughter's courage.
Paulo called the brigand's attention to the fact that they could be easily seen from the other side of the valley.
The withdrawal of the brigand was a signal for a regular mob of the lawless men to make their appearance.
My brigand is a lighthouse-keeper, and welcomes me in a quiet way, glad, evidently, to see the face of a civilized being.
A brigand is a fine, brave, terrible soldier, who is not afraid of anything!