Definition of brigadier in English:



  • A rank of officer in the British army, above colonel and below major general.

    • ‘The brigadier said it was a good opportunity for the kids to have a break from their normal everyday environment.’
    • ‘I am a brigadier in command of the brigade of King Ian's army that defends this territory.’
    • ‘A few days later, a pompous brigadier turned up and criticised Churchill for leaving a gap in his defences.’
    • ‘The brigadier and I managed to escape, and after that we just retreated and retreated.’
    • ‘The senior officers - generals, brigadiers, colonels - were all at a loss about what to do.’


Late 17th century: from French (see brigade, -ier).