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.


  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

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

51 queries 2.550