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brigadier general

noun, plural brigadier generals. U.S. Army.
1.
an officer of the rank between colonel and major general.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90
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brigadier general

noun (pl) brigadier generals
1.
an officer of the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who holds a rank junior to a major general but senior to a colonel, usually commanding a brigade
2.
the former name for a brigadier (sense 1)
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Encyclopedia Article for brigadier general

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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