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brigade

[bri-geyd] /brɪˈgeɪd/
noun
1.
a military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
2.
a large body of troops.
3.
a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose:
a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
5.
History/Historical. a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, especially as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.
verb (used with object), brigaded, brigading.
6.
to form into a brigade.
7.
to group together.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < French < Old Italian brigata company of soldiers, orig. group, band, equivalent to brig(are) probably to associate (with), be together (obsolete sense) (see brigand) + -ata -ade1
Related forms
interbrigade, adjective
subbrigade, noun
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brigade

/brɪˈɡeɪd/
noun
1.
a formation of fighting units, together with support arms and services, smaller than a division and usually commanded by a brigadier
2.
a group of people organized for a certain task: a rescue brigade
verb (transitive)
3.
to organize into a brigade
4.
to put or group together
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Old Italian, from brigare to fight, perhaps of Celtic origin; see brigand
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Word Origin and History for inter brigade

brigade

n.

"subdivision of an army," 1630s, from French brigade "body of soldiers" (14c.), from Italian brigata "troop, crowd, gang," from brigare "brawl, fight," from briga "strife, quarrel," perhaps of Celtic (cf. Gaelic brigh, Welsh bri "power") or Germanic origin.

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