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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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 Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov battalion defending the plant, told the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 10 May 2022 The music video was filmed in three locations — Kyiv, Irpin, and the region of Kharkiv, a focal point of Russia’s assault on eastern Ukraine, where three members of Antytila are fighting as part of the 130th battalion of territorial defense. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Killing or capturing the members of the Azov battalion could be an important public relations victory for Putin who must justify the loss of Russian soldiers in a war that increasingly appears unwinnable, Lee said. Greg Jaffe And Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2022 Now his battalion, known as the 2-1, was going to be at the center of the most complicated evacuation since the fall of Saigon. Mirzahussain Sadid, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2022 On Sunday morning, the Azov battalion, a Ukrainian regiment that has drawn far-right fighters from around the world and is charged with the city’s defense, said four Russian naval vessels had shelled the city. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2022 Lee speculated that the presence of the Azov battalion, a Ukrainian armed group that has developed a reputation for fearlessness in battle and disturbing far-right ties, could be driving the Russian campaign to retake the city. Greg Jaffe And Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2022 Lee speculated that the presence of the Azov battalion, a Ukrainian armed group that has developed a reputation for fearlessness in battle and disturbing far-right ties, could be driving the Russian campaign to retake the city. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Emails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept. Reuters, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Battalion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battalion. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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