/bri gayd"/, n., v., brigaded, brigading.
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. Hist. a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, esp. as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.
6. to form into a brigade.
7. to group together.
[1630-40; < F < OIt brigata company of soldiers, orig. group, band, equiv. to brig(are) prob. to associate (with), be together (obs. sense) (see BRIGAND) + -ata -ADE1]

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Military unit commanded by a brigadier general or a colonel and composed of two or more subordinate units, such as regiments or battalions.

Two or more brigades make up a division.

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      a unit in military organization commanded by a brigadier ( brigadier general) or colonel and composed of two or more subordinate units, such as regiments or battalions.

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