es·​ca·​drille ˈe-skə-ˌdril How to pronounce escadrille (audio) -ˌdrē How to pronounce escadrille (audio)
: a unit of a European air command containing usually six airplanes

Word History


French, flotilla, escadrille, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron, squad — more at squad

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escadrille was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Escadrille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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