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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brigade(verb)

    army unit smaller than a division

  2. brigade(verb)

    form or unite into a brigade


  1. brigade(Noun)

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

  2. brigade(Noun)

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

  3. brigade(Verb)

    To form troops into a brigade

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brigade(noun)

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

  2. Brigade(noun)

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

  3. Brigade(verb)

    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.

British National Corpus

  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. Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky:

    There is a talk of a platoon, roughly 100 people, who would take part in the alliance's contingent, if the preparation of the (NATO) brigade goes according to plan, and I believe it will, then it is very likely in the second half (of this year).

  2. Jacob Rees-Mogg:

    If you just ignore what you're told and leave, you are so much safer, and I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do.

  3. Sydney Barber:

    Earning the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, but the title itself is not nearly as significant as the opportunity it brings to lead a team in doing something I believe will be truly special, i am humbled to play a small role in this momentous season of American history.

  4. Joerg Vollmer:

    A brigade that has tanks, but no LEGUAN bridge-layers is clearly at a disadvantage.

  5. Ken Cuccinelli:

    They organized a surrender. it was the surrender brigade.

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