British Military. a rank between colonel and major general.
U.S. Army Informal. a brigadier general.
History/Historical. a noncommissioned rank in the Napoleonic armies.

1670–80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2

brigadiership, noun
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brigadier (ˌbrɪɡəˈdɪə)
1.  an officer of the British Army or Royal Marines who holds a rank junior to a major general but senior to a colonel, usually commanding a brigade
2.  an equivalent rank in other armed forces
3.  (US) army short for brigadier general
4.  history a noncommissioned rank in the armies of Napoleon I
[C17: from French, from brigade]

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1670s, "officer in command of a brigade," from Fr. brigadier, from brigade (see brigade).
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a military rank just above that of colonel. In both the British and U.S. armies of World War I, a brigadier general commanded a brigade. When the British abolished the brigade, they discontinued the rank of brigadier general but revived it as plain brigadier in 1928. In the U.S. and French military services, the brigadier general is the lowest-ranking general officer.

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Example sentences for brigadier
He was appointed brigadier general by brevet for his action at fort fisher.
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