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platoon

noun pla·toon \ plə-ˈtün , pla- \

Definition of platoon

1 :a subdivision of a company-sized military unit normally consisting of two or more squads or sections
2 :a group of persons sharing a common characteristic or activity
  • a platoon of waiters
; especially :a group of football players who are trained for either offense or defense and are sent into or withdrawn from the game as a body

Examples of platoon in a Sentence

  1. will need a platoon of assistants to mount the display at the spring flower show

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Origin and Etymology of platoon

French peloton small detachment, literally, ball, from Middle French pelote little ball — more at pellet


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platoon

verb

Definition of platoon

transitive verb
:to play (one player) alternately with another player in the same position (as on a baseball team)
intransitive verb
1 :to alternate with another player at the same position
2 :to use alternate players at the same position

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First Known Use of platoon

1963


PLATOON Defined for English Language Learners

platoon

noun

Definition of platoon for English Language Learners

  • : a group of soldiers that includes two or more squads usually led by one lieutenant

  • : a group of people who are doing something together


PLATOON Defined for Kids

platoon

noun pla·toon \ plə-ˈtün \

Definition of platoon for Students

:a part of a military company usually made up of two or more squads


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