\ˈskwäd \

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

The vehicle would carry a squad of infantry across the fast-moving battlefields of tomorrow, keeping them safe from enemy fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018 Jay McBride, a former Special Forces medic, told the newspaper that Barakat Ali Bashar, an Iraqi linguist, sacrificed his life to save a squad of American Special Forces from a suicide bomber’s attack near the Syrian border in Sept. 2007. Fox News, "US Special Forces troops seek visas for family of heroic Iraqi interpreter," 2 Oct. 2018 This isn't the first time Harry has gotten up close and personal with a squad of barnyard animals for his beloved Gucci. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 For the Diamond Ball, that meant the full glam squad of stylist Jahleel Weaver, makeup artist Priscilla Ono, and hair wunderkind Yusef, plus a work of art straight off the couture runways. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Shuts Down the Diamond Ball Red Carpet in Jaw-Dropping Couture," 14 Sep. 2018 Then there were reports that Kavanaugh was spotted leaving the court of appeals in a black car with a squad of black SUVs and security agents. Danny Cevallos /, NBC News, "Kavanaugh was a predictable choice, but could be an unpredictable justice," 10 July 2018 England has one of the youngest and most inexperienced squads of all the teams competing in Russia, with an average age of 26. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 For the first time since its inception in 2004, all 30 teams will field squads of young players looking to prove themselves. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer League live day two: A mad dash kicks off the day," 7 July 2018 To fix Apple Maps, the report said that the company outfitted a squad of vans with sensors and sent them to collect updated mapping data in a number of cities. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Apple Maps Is Undergoing a Major Overhaul to Improve Its Accuracy," 29 June 2018

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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 Last month, the Milwaukee Police Department released body-cam and squad-car videos that showed Brown's January arrest, reports CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers. CBS News, "Newly released videos show what officers did after arresting Sterling Brown," 4 June 2018 Youth squad coach and former Chievo captain Lorenzo D'Anna will replace Maran for the final three matches of the season. Andrew Dampf, chicagotribune.com, "Serie A Recap: Simeone, Fiorentina stifle Napoli title chances," 29 Apr. 2018 Gentry came to the Pelicans with high expectations coming off his season as the lead assistant for a Golden State Warriors squad that won the NBA title in 2015. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' Alvin Gentry wants to 'do what the Saints did,' hold championship parade," 24 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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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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