firing squad

noun

Definition of firing squad

  1. 1 :  a detachment detailed to fire volleys over the grave of one buried with military honors

  2. 2 :  a detachment detailed to carry out a sentence of death by shooting

1864

First Known Use of firing squad

1864


FIRING SQUAD Defined for English Language Learners

firing squad

noun

Definition of firing squad for English Language Learners

  • : a group of soldiers whose job is to shoot a prisoner who has been sentenced to death


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