follow Dictionary.com

"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults

brigadier

[brig-uh-deer] /ˌbrɪg əˈdɪər/
noun
1.
British Military. a rank between colonel and major general.
2.
U.S. Army Informal. a brigadier general.
3.
History/Historical. a noncommissioned rank in the Napoleonic armies.
Origin of brigadier
1670-1680
1670-80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2
Related forms
brigadiership, noun
underbrigadier, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for brigadier
  • He was appointed brigadier general by brevet for his action at fort fisher.
British Dictionary definitions for brigadier

brigadier

/ˌbrɪɡəˈdɪə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from French, from brigade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for brigadier
n.

1670s, "officer in command of a brigade," from French brigadier, from brigade (see brigade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for brigadier

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for brigadier

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with brigadier

Nearby words for brigadier