pla·​toon | \ plə-ˈtün How to pronounce platoon (audio) , pla- \

Definition of platoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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of waiters especially : a group of football players who are trained for either offense or defense and are sent into or withdrawn from the game as a body


platooned; platooning; platoons

Definition of platoon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for platoon

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of platoon in a Sentence

Noun will need a platoon of assistants to mount the display at the spring flower show
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harley Reynolds, who in his first hour under fire notices that his platoon’s machine-gunner has frozen up. Daniel Ford, WSJ, 10 May 2022 On Prime Video's eight-episode adaptation of Carr's book, Pratt plays a Navy SEAL named James Reece whose platoon is wiped out when a mission goes disastrously awry. Clark Collis,, 9 May 2022 Much of the Azov Battalion, including Mamont’s former platoon, was currently defending Mariupol against a Russian onslaught that threatened to annihilate it. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 The Giants platoon at several positions, and Crawford, who hit .228 in 2019, seemed uncertain of continuing in an everyday role. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 In one battle with a Russian tank, the commander of Mudryk’s platoon was killed, and four fighters wounded. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 De Armas, playing a maybe-unsuspecting fatale who sets a near-platoon of tall, handsome, bolts-for-brains men on the path to their senseless deaths, also counts for quite a bit. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 When the invasion began 12 days ago, Jackson and the others from his old platoon got in touch and decided to form a sort of roving squad that, on Sunday, was attached to the ragtag collection of troops trying to defend Irpin. Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Based on the novel by Jack Carr, The Terminal List follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The guess here is that Marsh, a left-handed batter, will platoon with the right-handed-hitting Ward in left, and Adell will get the bulk of the early starts in right field. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2022 The left-handed-hitting Marsh, who can play all three outfield spots and is the better defender, could platoon with Justin Upton in left field or win that spot outright if Upton struggles. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Adding a power hitter who could platoon at DH is intriguing. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 June 2021 Pollock, who figures to platoon in left field with Matt Beaty, is batting .277 with four home runs and a .791 OPS in 32 games this season. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 As Purdue coach Matt Painter has done in recent seasons with his glut of centers, the post players often platoon. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2021 Rookies Alex Kirilloff and Brent Rooker could platoon in left field, with left-handed hitting Kirilloff getting most of the at-bats. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Pinder and Kemp could platoon at second base but would thus be less free to roam. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2021 The Cavs’ decision to platoon the center spot, splitting the minutes almost evenly, didn’t work either. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 15 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of platoon


circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1963, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for platoon


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

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“Platoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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pla·​toon | \ plə-ˈtün How to pronounce platoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of platoon

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

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