brigadier


noun

  1. British Military. a rank between colonel and major general.
  2. U.S. Army Informal. a brigadier general.
  3. History/Historical. a noncommissioned rank in the Napoleonic armies.

noun

  1. 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. an equivalent rank in other armed forces
  3. US army short for brigadier general
  4. history a noncommissioned rank in the armies of Napoleon I
n.

1670s, “officer in command of a brigade,” from French brigadier, from brigade (see brigade).

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