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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brigadeverb

    army unit smaller than a division

  2. brigadeverb

    form or unite into a brigade


  1. brigadenoun

    A group of people organized to perform a common purpose. e.g. a work brigade, a fire brigade

  2. brigadenoun

    Military unit composed of several regiments (or battalions) and including soldiers from different arms of service.

  3. brigadeverb

    To form troops into a brigade

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRIGADEnoun

    A division of forces; a body of men, consisting of several squadrons of horse, or battalions of foot.

    Etymology: brigade, Fr. It is now generally pronounced with the accent on the last syllable.

    Or fronted brigades form. Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Here the Bavarian duke his brigades leads,
    Gallant in arms, and gaudy to behold. Philips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brigadenoun

    a body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry, or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier general

  2. Brigadenoun

    any body of persons organized for acting or marching together under authority; as, a fire brigade

  3. Brigadeverb

    to form into a brigade, or into brigades


  1. Brigade

    A brigade is a major tactical military formation that is typically composed of three to six battalions plus supporting elements. It is roughly equivalent to an enlarged or reinforced regiment. Three or more brigades constitute a division. Brigades formed into divisions are usually infantry or armoured, in addition to combat units they may include combat support units or sub-units such as artillery and engineers, and logistic units or sub-units. Historically such brigades have sometimes been called brigade-groups. On operations a brigade may comprise both organic elements and attached elements, including some temporarily attached for a specific task. Brigades may also be specialized and comprise battalions of a single branch, for example cavalry, mechanized, armored, artillery, air defence, aviation, engineers, signals or logistic. Some brigades are classified as independent or separate and operate independently from the traditional division structure. The typical NATO standard brigade consists of approximately 3,200 to 5,500 troops. However, in Switzerland and Austria, the numbers could go as high as 11,000 troops. The Soviet Union, its forerunners and successors, mostly use "regiment" instead of brigade, and this was common in much of Europe until after World War II.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brigade

    brig-ād′, n. a body of troops consisting of two or more regiments of infantry or cavalry, and commanded by a general officer, two or more of which form a division: a band of people more or less organised.—v.t. to form into brigades.—ns. Brigade′-mā′jor, a staff-officer attached to a brigade; Brigadier′, Brigadier′-gen′eral, a general officer of the lowest grade, who has command of a brigade. [Fr. brigade—It. brigata—Low L. briga, strife.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brigade

    a body of troops under a general officer, called brigadier, consisting of a number of regiments, squadrons, or battalions.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. brigade

    A unit usually smaller than a division to which are attached groups and/or battalions and smaller units tailored to meet anticipated requirements. Also called BDE.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brigade

    A party or body of men detached for a special service. A division of troops under the command of a general officer. In artillery organization on land, a brigade is a force usually composed of more than a battery; in the field it commonly consists of two or three batteries; on paper, and for administrative purposes, of eight.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brigade

    A body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, or infantry, or a mixed command, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier-general. Two or more brigades constitute a division, commanded by a major-general; two or more divisions constitute an army corps, or corps d’armée, the largest body of troops in the organization of the U. S. army.

  2. brigade

    To form into a brigade, or into brigades.

  3. brigade

    In the British service the artillery is divided into brigades, which consist of seven batteries each, under the command of a colonel. The Household Brigade is composed of the Horse Guards, Life Guards, and Foot Guards.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brigade' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4527

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brigade' in Nouns Frequency: #2588

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brigade in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brigade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of brigade in a Sentence

  1. Ken Cuccinelli:

    They organized a surrender. it was the surrender brigade.

  2. Col Joe Buccino:

    This was a tough day here on Fort Bragg, it was a tough day for all of us. Our immediate thoughts right now are on the family, the men and women of the 16th Military Police Brigade, and the inured Soldiers.

  3. Alexander Zakharchenko:

    While we still have time before the spring, new detachments will be able to receive military training, we expect mobilization to yield at least five additional brigades five motorized brigades, one artillery brigade and a tank brigade. The Ukrainian rearguard for the Debaltseve front in Artemivsk, the home of one of the country's best-selling sparkling wines, looks increasingly like a garrison town. Auto-mechanics and tire shops have seen a sharp pick-up in business repairing damaged vehicles brought in by soldiers. Abandoned Soviet-era plants have been converted into bases. The local stadium is used as a landing pad for helicopters ferrying out the wounded. Many troops are nervous, jumpy and ill-tempered. On Wednesday, a group of irregulars detained a group of international journalists in the center and threatened to escort them out of the town if they took pictures of military equipment. The cannonades are fainter in Artemivsk, but they can still be heard. The significance of that is lost on few.

  4. Dimitris Stathopoulos:

    I was talking to one of the chiefs of the fire brigade only two months ago and he confessed to me, ‘I cant sleep at night because if we have major fires, we are really not equipped to deal with them. So pray for a cool summer,’.

  5. Travis Delgado:

    He greatly exemplified the hard working midshipman who helps anyone at the drop of a hat, he was a great man and will be dearly missed by all those in 20th Company and throughout the brigade.

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