Definition of brigade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brɪˈɡeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪˈɡeɪd//
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  1. 1a large group of soldiers that forms a unit of an army
  2. 2[usually singular] (often disapproving) used, always with a word or phrase in front of it, to describe a group of people who share the same opinions or are similar in some other way the anti-smoking brigade
  3. see also fire brigade
    Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian brigata ‘company’, from brigare ‘contend’, from briga ‘strife’.Extra examples A special army brigade is to be formed. a brigade of infantry units in 3 Commando BrigadeIdioms (British English, informal) a group of strong, often violent people employed to do something such as protect somebody
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