battalion

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noun bat·tal·ion \bə-ˈtal-yən\

Definition of battalion

  1. 1 :  a considerable body of troops organized to act together :  army

  2. 2 :  a military unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar units

  3. 3 :  a large group

Examples of battalion in a Sentence

  1. a battalion of angry protesters

  2. the nation's battalions were forced to fight on two fronts simultaneously

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Origin and Etymology of battalion

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


First Known Use: 1579


BATTALION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of battalion for English Language Learners

  • : a large organized group of soldiers

  • : a large organized group of people who act together


BATTALION Defined for Kids

battalion

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noun bat·tal·ion \bə-ˈtal-yən\

Definition of battalion for Students

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



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