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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Italian brigata, from brigare 'to fight', from briga 'fighting'

brigade

noun
     
Related topics: Army
bri‧gade S3 [countable]
1PMA a large group of soldiers forming part of an army
2 an insulting word for a group of people who have the same beliefs:
the anti-nuclear brigade
3 a group of people who are organized to do something:
Snowmobile brigades delivered food and medicine.

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