battalion

noun
bat·​tal·​ion | \ bə-ˈtal-yən How to pronounce battalion (audio) \

Definition of battalion

1 : a considerable body of troops organized to act together : army
2 : a military unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar units
3 : a large group

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Synonyms for battalion

Synonyms

army, array, host, legion

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Examples of battalion in a Sentence

a battalion of angry protesters the nation's battalions were forced to fight on two fronts simultaneously

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Barron was hired as a firefighter/paramedic in San Marcos in 2001, and rose through the ranks to fire engineer, captain, battalion chief and division chief. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Marcos City Council confirms new fire chief, employee contract," 27 June 2019 An Oakland fire truck, engine, battalion chief, two rescue units, as well as an animal control unit, all responded at to the incident scene, according to dispatchers. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Goat rescue: Firefighters save goat in Oakland hills," 22 June 2019 His victims were his mother and a man who served with a battalion of Muslim volunteers during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia. Eldar Emric, The Seattle Times, "Bosnia: Major manhunt underway for suspect in 2 slayings," 11 Feb. 2019 South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the agreement wouldn’t hurt Seoul’s preparedness because most military exercises involve battalion-sized units outside the three-mile buffer zone. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "In Korea, World’s Scariest Border to Become Less Scary," 21 Sep. 2018 That includes stationing four multinational battalion-size battlegroups in alliance members Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, led respectively by the U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany. Washington Post, "Trump: US sending 1,000 more troops to ally Poland," 13 June 2019 That includes stationing four multinational battalion-size battlegroups in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, led by the United States, Britain, Canada, and Germany. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s sending 1,000 more US troops to ally Poland," 13 June 2019 Lori Stoney is currently battalion chief with the Homewood Fire and Rescue Service. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "Who will be Birmingham’s next fire chief? Woodfin interviewing 4 finalists," 13 June 2019 That includes stationing four multinational battalion-size battlegroups in alliance members Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, led respectively by the U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany. Darlene Superville, Fortune, "Trump Says He Might Move 2,000 U.S. Troops to Poland," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of battalion

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for battalion

Middle French bataillon, from Old Italian battaglione, augmentative of battaglia company of soldiers, battle, from Late Latin battalia combat — more at battle

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The first known use of battalion was in 1579

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battalion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of battalion

: a large organized group of soldiers
: a large organized group of people who act together

battalion

noun
bat·​tal·​ion | \ bə-ˈtal-yən How to pronounce battalion (audio) \

Kids Definition of battalion

: a part of an army consisting of two or more companies

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