\ ˈskwäd How to pronounce squad (audio) \

Definition of squad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small organized group of military personnel especially : a tactical unit that can be easily directed in the field
2 : a small group engaged in a common effort or occupation


squadded; squadding

Definition of squad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arrange in squads

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Synonyms for squad

Synonyms: Noun

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

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Examples of squad in a Sentence


the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To speak of one nation dominating now feels almost a category error, since the squads of the world’s best clubs comprise multiple nationalities. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 With a squad of mostly reserves playing a different formation from the usual, the Americans fell to Jamaica, 1-0, before a crowd of 17,719 at D.C. United’s Audi Field. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "USMNT loses to Jamaica, 1-0, in Gold Cup tuneup as reserves deliver poor performance," 6 June 2019 The Netherlands international was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season and the UEFA Champions League squad of the season. SI.com, "José Mourinho Hails Virgil van Dijk for Outstanding Season With Liverpool," 4 June 2019 This collection is a squad of 58 stunning lipsticks available in three dreamy formulas: 36 satin, 18 sheer, and four balms for a translucent finish. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Gucci Beauty Returns With 58 New Lipsticks You'll be Obsessed With," 10 May 2019 On June 26, Mars joins the Taylor Swift-sized squad of currently retrograde planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Mars Retrograde 2018: What You Need to Know," 24 July 2018 The joy and togetherness in the squad -- the second-youngest in Russia -- becomes clear in the goal celebrations. CBS News, "England advances to World Cup knockout round with resounding 6-1 win over Panama," 24 June 2018 Here’s how @OfficialBuck103 and the rest of the squad will line up for game two against the Mariners. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Game Day: Live updates, how to watch Seattle’s series finale against Twins," 19 May 2019 Ahead of the evening’s celebrations, Hadid prepped with her talented glam squad at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Bella Hadid Got Ready for Dior Beauty’s Star-Studded Party in L.A.," 9 May 2019

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Lavelle, 24, earned All-American status three times at Wisconsin and was named to the Big Ten All-Conference squad four times in her career with the Badgers from 2013-16. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Badgers alumna Rose Lavelle scores in first World Cup soccer game," 11 June 2019 The Cardinals squad Seattle beat on a last-second field goal two weeks earlier wasn’t much better. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "It’s too early to call the Seahawks good, but they might be good enough for the playoffs," 15 Oct. 2018 Star fullback Alex Telles is among the absentees from the Portuguese league leaders squad, along with Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Moussa Marega. SI.com, "Liverpool Has Champions League Quarterfinal Place Within Reach," 5 Mar. 2018 With nothing to lose, Poland manager Nawalka may give starts to squad players and revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation, after witnessing the abject failure of his 3-4-3 approach against Colombia. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Japan vs Poland - Recent Form, Team News, Predicted Lineups & More," 27 June 2018 But for those cognizant of the Charger squad the past three years, amazing feats are the norm. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Golf: Clear Springs in record-shattering form," 7 Apr. 2018 Other seniors on the Lady Raiders squad along with Preston and Luck were O'Dowd, Esparis Tarantini and Aidan Martino. Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas girls enjoy special relationships during lacrosse season," 3 June 2018 The Egypt squad in Russia for its first World Cup since 1990 has a nickname besides the Pharaohs. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Grozny is a World Cup home away from home for Egypt squad," 13 June 2018 Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was an assistant for that Warriors squad back in 2015 and he's had a front row seat for Davis' maturation process over the past few seasons. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis feels unburdened after earning first career playoff win," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of squad


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squad


Middle French esquade, from Old Spanish & Old Italian; Old Spanish escuadra & Old Italian squadra, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare to make square — more at square

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The first known use of squad was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of squad

: a part of a police force that deals with a specific type of crime
: a small organized group of soldiers
: a group of people who are involved in a particular activity


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Kids Definition of squad

1 : a small group of soldiers
2 : a small group working or playing together a football squad

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