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brigand


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brigand  \Brig"and\  (br[i^]g"and),  n.  [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}.] 
  1.  A  light-armed,  irregular  foot  soldier.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  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.  --Jeffery. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  brigand 
  n  :  an  armed  thief  who  is  (usually)  a  member  of  a  band  [syn:  {bandit}] 




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