• WordNet 3.6
    • n brigand an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brigand A lawless fellow who lives by plunder; one of a band of robbers; especially, one of a gang living in mountain retreats; a highwayman; a freebooter. "Giving them not a little the air of brigands or banditti."
    • Brigand A light-armed, irregular foot soldier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brigand A sort of irregular foot-soldier.
    • n brigand A robber; a freebooter; a highwayman; especially, one of a gang of robbers living in secret retreats in mountains or forests.
    • n brigand Synonyms Bandit, etc. See robber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brigand brig′and a robber or freebooter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. brigand, OF. brigant, light-armed soldier, fr. LL. brigans, light-armed soldier (cf. It. brigante,.) fr. brigare, to strive, contend, fr. briga, quarrel; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. break,; cf. Goth. brikan, to break, brakja, strife. Cf. Brigue
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—It. brigantebriga, strife.


In literature:

The presence of brigands was a matter of indifference to him.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
Numa did better; it was necessary to police some brigands and a senate which was the most difficult section of these brigands to govern.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
To the last Il Medeghino preserved the instincts and the passions of a brigand chief.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
But if Martian Brigands had a supply of radiactum I don't imagine where it came from would make much difference.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
You act just like some terrible brigand.
"Oscar the Detective" by Harlan Page Halsey
The brigand is supposed to derive his name from the O. Fr.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
A scene representing a band of brigands in their mountain fastness, on the watch for plunder and rapine.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
They look like brigands waiting to pounce on us.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Really, we're beginning to be afraid he's been captured by brigands.
"Jerry" by Jean Webster
Really, we're beginning to be afraid he's been captured by brigands.
"Jerry Junior" by Jean Webster
The brigand orders them to alight, not to utter a cry, not to speak a word, and to lie down with their faces to the ground.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
His eyes were fixed upon the brigand who was collecting the jewels, and who was now approaching Miss Grex.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
One day we were playing the game of brigands and gendarmes.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
Brigand fellows will hardly have been likely to give you anything very valuable.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
There are plenty of brigands in the mountains.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
A brigand knows no remorse and feels no pity.
"Mexico and its Religion" by Robert A. Wilson
I'll believe in brigands when I meet them, and not before!
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Armed brigands, taking advantage of the general disorder, began to lay waste the provinces.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Take a crude instance: a man is overpowered by a band of brigands.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
There was a scene in the cottage of a brigand who lived with his sister, he was out and she was alone.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones

In poetry:

Sometimes about the painted kiosk
The mimic soldiers strut and stride,
Sometimes the blue-eyed brigands hide
In the bleak tangles of the bosk.
"Le Jardin Des Tuileries" by Oscar Wilde
I have rocked your thrones—but your fight is won.
To-night, as the highest bidder,
You offer a share of your brigand-sun,
Consider, old bull, consider!
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Time has made conquest of so many things
That once were mine. Swift-footed, eager youth
That ran to meet the years; bold brigand health,
That broke all laws of reason unafraid,
And laughed at talk of punishment. Close ties
"Time's Defeat" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Then the Prince unto his father said, I must not forget whatever betide,
That to Sir Jack o' the Cudgel I do owe my bride;
Because he rescued her from the hands of a fierce brigand,
Therefore 'twould be hard to find a braver knight in fair England.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Brigand replaced the Beaufighter as the Royal Air Force's ground attack aircraft.
A band of brigands brutalized a couple on Nassau Street and stole their shopping bags on Aug 18.
Waves break against a bulkhead in the Brigands Bay area of Frisco, N.C. On Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 as the sound side flooding begins on Hatteras Island.
Brigand, Baffert's first Laurel Park entry, wins.
Brigand, Baffert's first Laurel Park entry , wins.
Baffert Shipper Brigand Wires City of Laurel .
Brigand leads the way in the City of Laurel Stakes.