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platoon

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noun pla·toon \plə-ˈtün, pla-\

Definition of platoon

  1. 1 :  a subdivision of a company-sized military unit normally consisting of two or more squads or sections

  2. 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; especially :  a group of football players who are trained for either offense or defense and are sent into or withdrawn from the game as a body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>

Origin and Etymology of platoon

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


First Known Use: circa 1547


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platoon

verb pla·toon

Definition of platoon

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to play (one player) alternately with another player in the same position (as on a baseball team)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to alternate with another player at the same position

  5. 2 :  to use alternate players at the same position

1963

First Known Use of platoon

1963


PLATOON Defined for English Language Learners

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platoon

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noun pla·toon \plə-ˈtün, pla-\

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

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noun pla·toon \plə-ˈtün\

Definition of platoon for Students

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



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