ex·​pe·​di·​tion·​ary | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of expeditionary

: of, relating to, or being an expedition also : sent on military service abroad an expeditionary force

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The first disappeared when an Ottoman expeditionary corps comprised mostly of Turkish and Albanian soldiers seized the Saudi capital of Diriya, on the outskirts of Riyadh, on Sept. 11, 1818. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, each will embark 12 to 36 F-35Bs at a time, forming the tip of the spear of British expeditionary forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.K. F-35s Will Use Strange Rolling Carrier Landings," 16 Oct. 2018 Its expeditionary forces already have served in Afghanistan and as peacekeepers in Kosovo. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "UAE's campaign for Yemen port city a test of 'Little Sparta'," 19 June 2018 And this is the thing about expeditionary journalism in general. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Vox Editor at Large Ezra Klein on Recode Media," 14 June 2018 This system can support the equivalent of a brigade-sized expeditionary unit, with voice, text and data traffic at up to 30m bits per second (bps). The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 The bedrock tenets of what the Corps calls expeditionary maneuver warfare are rapid mobility, attacks from unexpected locations, and flexible battle planning. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "3 Things You Need to Know About Trump's New National Defense Strategy," 19 Jan. 2018 This wouldn’t emphasize a Chinese invasion threat, but rather binational or multinational expeditionary operations throughout the region and globe. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, "Is the U.S.-South Korea Alliance Worth It?," 4 June 2018 For his bravery, Woodfill would receive the Medal of Honor and be Pershing's selection as the most outstanding soldier of the expeditionary force. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "Gripping 'The Unknowns' follows WWI heroes who buried the Unknown Soldier," 21 May 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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: relating to an expedition

: sent to fight in a foreign country

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