meaning of brigand

brigand meaning in General Dictionary

A light armed unusual base soldier

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  • an armed thief who's (usually) an associate of a band
  • A light-armed, unusual foot soldier.
  • A lawless other just who lives by plunder; one of a band of robbers; especially, one of a gang residing mountain retreats; a highwayman; a freebooter.

brigand meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from Old French brigand (14c.), from Italian brigante "trooper, skirmisher, base soldier," from brigare (see brigade). Sense of "one who life by pillaging" is from very early 15c., reflecting having less difference between expert mercenary armies and armed, organized crooks.


brigand meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A light-armed, unusual foot soldier.

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  • (n.) A lawless fellow just who lives by plunder; certainly one of a band of robbers; specifically, among a gang residing mountain retreats; a highwayman; a freebooter.

Sentence Examples with the word brigand

The Lanercost contemporary chronicler writes that the bishop of Glasgow and the Steward began the broil, and called in Wallace as the leading brigand in the country-side.

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