Definition of expeditionary
: of, relating to, or being an expedition; also : sent on military service abroad an expeditionary force
Recent Examples of expeditionary from the Web
Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, Prince of Wales, will form the UK's main expeditionary force at sea, sailing into hotspots with their decks full of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
The leaders also agreed to use E.U. funds to finance Europe’s battle groups — small, expeditionary forces that can be deployed quickly to hot spots.
The hipsters, the artists, the writers and the start-up entrepreneurs started arriving a few years ago, a sort of flat white expeditionary force.
Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa, where the U.S. presence is truly expeditionary.
His report card for the MEU comes during a series of debates not only about America’s policies toward Yemen and Syria but also grumbling concerns about the future of Marine expeditionary units.
A team of U.S. commandos, called the expeditionary targeting force, has killed more than a dozen suspected planners since last summer, according to U.S. officials.
Already, the UAE has landed expeditionary forces in Afghanistan and Yemen.
Hence the expeditionary force that is dispatched there—set in motion by a scientist (John Goodman), guided by a British tracker (Tom Hiddleston), and caught on film by a dauntless photographer (Brie Larson).
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Definition of expeditionary for English Language Learners
: relating to an expedition
: sent to fight in a foreign country
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