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


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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McConoughy was then sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, assigned to the quartermaster corps to work in supplying the engineering battalion in the Dominican Republic. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 After a couple of hours, the battalion of specialists was marched down a dirt path to join the rest of the team. Kalyn Kahler,, "Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It," 21 Aug. 2019 In the second movement, Adès led an imposing battalion of strings, facing off with Barnatan’s graceful passages. Zoë Madonna,, "Three conductors made for three days of thrills with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood," 12 Aug. 2019 After a few months of recuperation in England, Field tried to return to the 551st only to discover that so few men had survived Rochelinval that the battalion was deactivated and the remaining members like himself were folded into another regiment. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daughter honors father’s memory at 75th anniversary of ‘The Other D-Day’ in France," 6 Aug. 2019 Wasps are meant to act as the centerpiece of an expeditionary strike group (ESG) that can embark a battalion of Marine Corps infantry, reinforced with tanks, light armored vehicles, and armed Humvees. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy and Marines Are Deploying a 'Lightning Carrier' to the Pacific," 2 May 2019 Robinson was known around the battalion for his infectious smile, humor and kind heart. Kristina Davis,, "San Marcos soldier dies in peace-keeping mission in Kosovo," 26 May 2018 Authorities said a Marin County Fire battalion chief was flagged down by Walker near Spirit Rock, and claimed to have started the fire. Marin Independent Journal, The Mercury News, "73-year old man arrested for allegedly starting with Marin wildfire," 28 Aug. 2019 No businesses were open, said Stephen Hardesty, the battalion chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Time, "Massive Gas Explosion Destroys Maryland Office and Shopping Complex," 26 Aug. 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 entry 1

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The first known use of battalion was in 1579

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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


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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