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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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British Dictionary definitions for brigadiership

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 brigadiership

brigadier

n.

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

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