underbrigadier

brigadier

[brig-uh-deer]
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:
1670–80; < French: officer commanding a brigade; see brigade, -ier2

brigadiership, noun
underbrigadier, noun
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brigadier (ˌbrɪɡəˈdɪə)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from French, from brigade]

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