A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.
[Middle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight; see BRIGADE.]
brigand·age (-ən-dĭj), brigand·ism n.
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