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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
1670-1680
1670-80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2
Related forms
brigadiership, noun
underbrigadier, noun
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  • He was appointed brigadier general by brevet for his action at fort fisher.
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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
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Word Origin and History for brigadier
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for brigadier

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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