\ 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

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Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thibodeau and Williams each have been essential to their squad’s turnaround. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 Along the way, James will drift through some of the studio's most famous films (Wonder Woman and Casablanca among them) to track down his underdog squad. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 9 June 2021 Even the 60-game 2020 team, another squad that struggled on offense, hit 75 homers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2021 Michael Chavis, who was activated from the team’s taxi squad Friday and was in the leadoff spot Saturday, belted a two-run shot off Lowther to highlight the Red Sox’ four-run outburst in the inning that expanded their lead to 4-1. BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2021 The latter could make his way to San Francisco’s practice squad. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 8 May 2021 In the semifinals, coach Richard McKenzie’s squad was firing on all cylinders and came away with a 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes to set the stage for a winner-take-all finale against the Golden Vipers. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 6 May 2021 Only one other Spurs team has played in more OT games in a season: the 1983-84 squad with eight. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 With his finish, Newgarden landed the winless Team Penske squad’s fourth consecutive runner-up finish to start 2021. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Squad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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