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A brigadier general.

[French, from brigade, brigade; see brigade.]
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1. (Military) an officer of the British Army or Royal Marines who holds a rank junior to a major general but senior to a colonel, usually commanding a brigade
2. (Military) an equivalent rank in other armed forces
3. (Military) army US short for brigadier general
4. (Historical Terms) history a noncommissioned rank in the armies of Napoleon I
[C17: from French, from brigade]
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(ˌbrɪg əˈdɪər)

1. a British military officer of the rank between colonel and major general.
[1670–80; < French]
brig`a•dier′ship, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brigadier - a general officer ranking below a major generalbrigadier - a general officer ranking below a major general
general officer - officers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel
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brigádní generál
brigádny generál
tugay komutanı


A. Ngeneral mf de brigada
B. CPD brigadier general Ngeneral mf de brigada
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[ˌbrɪgəˈdɪər] nbrigadier m généralbrigadier general brigadier-general ngénéral m de brigade
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n (Brit) → Brigadegeneral m

brigadier (general)

n (Brit Hist, US) → Brigadegeneral m
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[ˌbrɪgəˈdɪəʳ] ngenerale m di brigata
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(briˈgeid) noun
1. a body of troops.
2. a uniformed group of people organized for a particular purpose. Call the fire brigade!
brigadier (brigəˈdiə) noun
in the army, the commander of a brigade.
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References in classic literature ?
So she ranks her uncle the commandant, who is only a Brigadier. And doesn't she train those little people!
Besides, in addition to the pioneers, there are four soldiers and a brigadier, armed with muskets."
"And then," continued Grandfather, "they wore various sorts of periwigs, such as the tie, the Spencer, the brigadier, the major, the Albemarle, the Ramillies, the feather-top, and the full-bottom.
"I don't want to disappoint you, young fellow," he continued, "but I heard from your Brigadier only yesterday.
"The brigadier said he never saw a new reg'ment fight the way we fought yestirday, didn't he?
At the Louvre it is very different, and if I were at the Louvre I should rely upon my brigadier; but, when traveling, sire, no one knows what may happen, and I prefer doing my duty myself."
"Not more stupid than you, madam," said the nine-year-old Petya, with the air of an old brigadier.
Mule, horse, elephant, or bullock, he obeys his driver, and the driver his sergeant, and the sergeant his lieutenant, and the lieutenant his captain, and the captain his major, and the major his colonel, and the colonel his brigadier commanding three regiments, and the brigadier the general, who obeys the Viceroy, who is the servant of the Empress.
`That is very annoying,' said the brigadier; for the man we are looking for is the chief.' -- `Cucumetto?' cried Luigi and Teresa at the same moment.
A brigadier general of the regular army was quoted as lamenting the fact that the troops had not been called out to take the mob by the throat and shake law and order into it.
She knew the brigadier well--an old friend, familiar and respectful, saying heartily, "To your good health, Madame!" before lifting to his lips the small glass of cognac--out of the special bottle she kept for friends.
"There's not a brigadier in all Kentucky that can call himself master of so sleek and well-jointed a nag!