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


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squadded; squadding

transitive verb

: to arrange in squads

Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours
Recent Examples on the Web
Keller, with six wins and three losses, is right behind the trio of top squads in a competitive district. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Apr. 2024 There are plans in place, by all accounts, to replace a significant proportion of the current squad during the summer. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Daly was part of the Euro 2022 championship-winning Lionesses squad and a key player who helped lead the team to the 2023 Women’s World Cup final last summer. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Odesa had gone awol after much of his squad was killed in Kherson. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 From her first title winning team in 2017, three members of the South Carolina squad were drafted in the first round of the WNBA draft that year, with A’ja Wilson selected with the first overall pick of the 2018 draft by the Las Vegas Aces. Ben Morse, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 Messi returned to training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 Making his first start of the season in Monday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium, Keaton Winn pitched well but wasn’t able to contain the big three in Los Angeles’ lineup, who powered their vaunted squad to an 8-3 win over the Giants in the first of 13 meetings between the archrivals this season. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 When the door opened, the gunman open fired on a squad of police officers, who were trapped on a cramped hotel floor with no space to take cover. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squad was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Squad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small organized group of soldiers
especially : a small unit that can be easily directed in the field
: a small group engaged in a common effort or occupation
a football squad
a rescue squad

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