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ˈbrɪg əndbrig·and

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bandit, brigandnoun

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


  1. brigandnoun

    An outlaw or bandit.

  2. Etymology: From c1400, from bregaundez attested from 1421, from brigo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brigandnoun

    A robber; one that belongs to a band of robbers.

    Etymology: brigand, Fr.

    There might be a rout of such barbarous theevish brigands in some rocks; but it was a degeneration from the nature of man, a political creature. John Bramhall, against Hobbes.


  1. brigand

    Brigandage is the life and practice of highway robbery and plunder. It is practiced by a brigand, a person who usually lives in a gang and lives by pillage and robbery.The word brigand entered English as brigant via French from Italian as early as 1400. Under the laws of war, soldiers acting on their own recognizance without operating in chain of command, are brigands, liable to be tried under civilian laws as common criminals. However, on occasions brigands are not mere malefactors, but may be the last resort of people subject to invasion. Bad administration and suitable terrain encourage the development of brigands. Historical examples of brigands (often called so by their enemies) have existed in territories of France, Greece and the Balkans, India, Italy, Mexico and Spain, as well as certain regions of the United States.


  1. brigand

    A brigand is a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains, expressed in a more general context, a brigand is a robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brigandnoun

    a light-armed, irregular foot soldier

  2. Brigandnoun

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brigand

    brig′and, n. a robber or freebooter.—ns. Brig′andage, freebooting: plundering; Brig′andine, Brig′antine, a coat-of-mail, composed of linen or leather, with steel rings or plates sewed upon it. [Fr.—It. brigantebriga, strife.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brigand

    A species of irregular foot soldiers, frequently mentioned by Froissart. From their plundering propensities comes the modern use of the term.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brigand in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brigand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    Trump is the first member of the American elite in 20 years who compliments Russia. Trump will smash America as we know it, we've got nothing to lose, do we want the grandmother Hillary? No. Maybe it's time to help the old brigand.

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