Etymology
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brigade (n.)

subdivision of an army, 1630s, from French brigade "body of soldiers" (14c.), from Italian brigata "troop, crowd, gang," from brigare "to brawl, fight," from briga "strife, quarrel," perhaps of Celtic (compare Gaelic brigh, Welsh bri "power"), from PIE root *gwere- (1) "heavy." Or perhaps from Germanic.

updated on October 13, 2017

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Definitions of brigade from WordNet
1
brigade (v.)
form or unite into a brigade;
2
brigade (n.)
army unit smaller than a division;
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