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

 

brigand

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbrɪɡənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪɡənd//
 
(old-fashioned)
 
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a member of a group of criminals that steals from people, especially one that attacks travellers synonym bandit Word Origin late Middle English (also denoting an irregular foot soldier): from Old French, from Italian brigante, literally ‘(person) contending’, from brigare ‘contend’, from briga ‘strife’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: brigand