ex·​pe·​di·​tion·​ary | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce expeditionary (audio) \

Definition of expeditionary

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

Examples of expeditionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1500s, Hernán Cortés led an expeditionary force into the Aztec Empire. Dustin Snyder, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 The film follows a British expeditionary team’s attempt at the world’s first circumnavigation of the Earth in an 80-year-old Spitfire fighter plane. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. CBS News, 14 Mar. 2022 Shackleton's mission had been an abject failure, but his success in keeping alive his crew and ensuring their safe rescue was a triumph that far transcended any expeditionary glory. Barry Neild, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 Since August a number of cargo flights have arrived in Ethiopia operated by Iranian airlines that the U.S. has accused of being fronts for the Quds Force, the expeditionary wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 The base began as an advanced expeditionary base for the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, which was formed by Pendleton as a sort of special regiment in San Diego, Guillemette said. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 Free men of color from the French plantation colony known as Saint Domingue were part of the French expeditionary forces that supported the rebellion of the American colonies against the British. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of expeditionary

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Expeditionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expeditionary. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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