\ 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

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 Auburn’s defense settled in for stretches, and the Tigers did well to hang in there against a country’s Olympic squad, but Israel’s experience really shined through. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 8 Aug. 2022 Ward, meantime, had 67 yards on 12 touches last year, not bad for a guy who made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent and who played his way off the practice squad onto the active roster. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor is on the offensive side of the ball and will join Brian Kelly’s squad. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 Kenny Burke isn’t downplaying expectations after his South Oldham High School girls soccer team lost several key players off last year’s squad that finished as the state runner-up. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2022 Napier’s emphasis will be on team-building and instilling the toughness and discipline lacking with Dan Mullen’s 2021 squad. Orlando Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 But it’s been suggested that Chukwuemeka could go straight into Thomas Tuchel’s squad this season. Steve Price, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 An ambulance squad was requested a few minutes later to handle an airbag deployment and then transport at least one person to Ahuja Medical Center. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 31 July 2022 The bulk of Germany’s squad, meanwhile, comes from just three teams: eight from Wolfsburg, seven from Bayern Munich, and five from Eintracht Frankfurt. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Squad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈskwäd How to pronounce squad (audio) \

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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