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of waiters especially : a group of football players who are trained for either offense or defense and are sent into or withdrawn from the game as a body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

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Synonyms for platoon

Synonyms: Noun

army, band, brigade, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, squad, team

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Examples of platoon in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Come Christmas of next year, the platoon of little green army men will be expanded to include little green army women, thanks in part to a six-year-old girl. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "‘Little Green Army Men’ Will Soon Feature Female Toy Soldiers," 17 Sep. 2019 The Orioles platoon for different reasons, and with far different levels of success. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles and manager Brandon Hyde admire Dodgers’ platoon system," 11 Sep. 2019 And the third way AI will change warfare is by seeping into military decision-making from the lowly platoon to national headquarters. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is changing every aspect of war," 7 Sep. 2019 The first platoon of four firing vehicles will enter service in 2024. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Plans To Field the Most Powerful Laser Weapon Yet," 7 Aug. 2019 Asked if Crawford had landed in a platoon, Bochy did not vociferously deny it. Henry Schulman,, "Giants fall to Cubs, lose ground in wild-card race," 20 Aug. 2019 He’s being protected from left-handed pitching and is essentially in a left-right platoon at third base with Hanser Alberto. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles reset: Re-evaluating the Orioles’ decision not to bring back Adam Jones," 22 July 2019 From pass-catching sixth-round rookie, to workhorse back, to backup to an aspiring workhorse, and primary runner in a run/pass platoon, Murray has done it all. Conor Orr,, "The 2019 Fantasy Football Boring All-Star Team," 8 July 2019 Last year, Bellinger struggled a bit against left-handers, which resulted in a platoon in the latter stages of the season. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Dodgers' Cody Bellinger returns to Arizona as one of baseball's hottest players," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Heyward appeared destined to platoon for the rest of his Cubs career and for much of 2018. Michael Shapiro,, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 On platooning quarterbacks Analysts debated the merits of Michigan using a two-quarterback system this season. Marc Bona,, "Urban Meyer, college-football analyst: 7 things to know," 12 Sep. 2019 Even if Ramos’ development stalls next year, the Giants could also platoon Pillar with Steven Duggar, who can’t yet be counted on as an everyday option but could be a viable presence against right-handed pitchers next season. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Kevin Pillar’s year with Giants can prove value of ‘eye test’ this offseason," 3 Sep. 2019 For example: The Rays helped pioneer heavy use of defensive shifts and platooning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Should Padres study Rays, who with less money have No. 1 farm system and 69-50 record?," 12 Aug. 2019 He and Harden can platoon the same way Paul and Harden once did, but Westbrook's more explosive than Paul ever was. Andrew Sharp,, "Russell Westbrook on the Rockets Is the NBA Offseason's Strangest Move," 12 July 2019 In 2017, the Texas legislature passed a pair of bills legalizing both driverless vehicles and platooning trucks. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas," 6 Aug. 2019 Coming to Miami in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, Castro played in 150 games at second last season, while Rojas platooned with J.T. Riddle, playing 69 games at short. Wells Dusenbury,, "That’s right — the Marlins have one of MLB’s top double-play tandems," 26 June 2019 The Giants plan to platoon corner outfielders Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Tyler Austin and Austin Slater. Henry Schulman,, "Giants new outfield platoon has no room for Steven Duggar, who will stay in minors," 3 July 2019

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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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The first known use of platoon was circa 1547

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English Language Learners Definition of platoon

: a group of soldiers that includes two or more squads usually led by one lieutenant
: a group of people who are doing something together


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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