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brigade (plural brigades)
- A group of people organized for a common purpose.
- a work brigade; a fire brigade
- (military) Military unit composed of several regiments (or battalions) and including soldiers from different arms of service.
- (derogatory) A group of people who share views or beliefs.
- More sympathy for career criminals from the bleeding-heart brigade!
Usage notes 
- In many countries, a military brigade was traditionally formed from two or more regiments. According to the country and time period, brigade may also designate a much smaller groups of soldiers. A modern US brigade usually consists of three battalions and forms part of a division.
Related terms 
civilian workforce or organization
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- To form troops into a brigade
brigade f (plural brigades)