- military unit forming part of an army. A brigade usually consists of three battallions and forms part of a division.
- civilian workforce or organization (e.g. fire brigade)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bri*gade" (&?;), n. [F. brigade, fr.
It. brigata troop, crew, brigade, originally, a contending troop,
fr. briga trouble, quarrel. See Brigand.] 1.
(Mil.) A body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry,
or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a
&fist; Two or more brigades constitute a division, commanded by a major
general; two or more divisions constitute an army corps, or corps
2. Any body of persons organized for acting or
marching together under authority; as, a fire brigade.
Brigade inspector, an officer whose duty is to
inspect troops in companies before they are mustered into service. --
Brigade major, an officer who may be attached to a
brigade to assist the brigadier in his duties.
Bri*gade", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Brigaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Brigading.] (Mil.) To form into a brigade, or into
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Brigade, a body of troops under a general officer, called brigadier,
consisting of a number of regiments, squadrons, or battalions.
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