a military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
a large body of troops.
a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose: a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
History/Historical. a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, especially as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.
verb (used with object), brigaded, brigading.
to form into a brigade.
to group together.

1630–40; < French < Old Italian brigata company of soldiers, orig. group, band, equivalent to brig(are) probably to associate (with), be together (obsolete sense) (see brigand) + -ata -ade1

interbrigade, adjective
subbrigade, noun Unabridged
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brigade (brɪˈɡeɪd)
1.  a formation of fighting units, together with support arms and services, smaller than a division and usually commanded by a brigadier
2.  a group of people organized for a certain task: a rescue brigade
3.  to organize into a brigade
4.  to put or group together
[C17: from Old French, from Old Italian, from brigare to fight, perhaps of Celtic origin; see brigand]

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Word Origin & History

"subdivision of an army," 1630s, from Fr. brigade "body of soldiers" (14c.), from It. brigata "troop, crowd, gang," from brigare "brawl, fight," from briga "strife, quarrel," perhaps of Celtic (cf. Gael. brigh, Welsh bri "power") or Germanic origin.
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Example sentences
Recruits for the various regiments connected with this brigade are coming in
  thick and fast.
They all considered themselves volunteer members of the antipoaching brigade.
By forcing the gravy train brigade to clean up their act he is doing the world
  an enormous service.
His brigade could use more engineers and air support.
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