Definition of black brigade in English:

black brigade


  • 1A group of members of the clergy, especially one likened to a military unit; the clergy considered collectively.

  • 2(With capital initials) (a nickname for) the Church Parliamentary Committee, a group of Conservative Members of Parliament formed in 1892 to oppose disestablishment of the Church of England (now historical).


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Blackmore (1654–1729), physician and writer.