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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Examples of battalion in a Sentence

a battalion of angry protesters the nation's battalions were forced to fight on two fronts simultaneously
Recent Examples on the Web The battalion consists of three companies of parachute infantry, about three times larger than the SPMAGTF, with heavier support weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All the U.S. Military Hardware Headed to the Middle East," 6 Jan. 2020 The altercation was brief, and the fire department's battalion chief had to forcibly break it up. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy alderman was cited for fighting with the city's mayor and throwing him against a car," 7 May 2020 The Marines’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force is a battalion-sized unit based at Indian Head, Maryland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could the U.S. Military Help Battle the Coronavirus?," 1 Feb. 2020 Noah Browlow, a Richmond Fire Department battalion chief, said the blaze was controlled by about 5:30 a.m. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Fire causes major damage to Richmond church, no one injured," 21 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, battalions of Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Rail Road and Staten Island Railway workers were dispatched to wipe down the stations and trains in those systems, Foye said. NBC News, "Coronavirus forces New York City subways, trains to clean up their act," 3 Mar. 2020 Early in the morning of Nov. 2, 1950, Schipani’s battalion was struck by enemy units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces. Travis Andersen,, "Remains of Korean War veteran from Somerville return home on Saturday," 14 June 2019 Shortly afterward a German paratroop battalion which had fought at bloody Cassino and Italy was dropped but the whole unit of 500 to 800 men coming down on top of American position, was captured. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "ALLIES GAIN IN NAZI-MADE FLOODS," 9 June 2019 Two battalions are in Virginia, with one each in South Carolina and Massachusetts. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana will be home to one of the nation's first National Guard cyber battalions," 20 July 2018

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of battalion was in 1579

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25 May 2020

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“Battalion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of battalion

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


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Kids Definition of battalion

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

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