\ 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

There was the Portugal team of the late 1980s, the Dutch squad of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, Golden Generation was famously applied to David Beckham and the traveling circus known as the England team. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium’s Golden Generation Delivers on Promise With a Run to World Cup Semifinal," 6 July 2018 One of them resembles the one worn by the England soccer squad in its Tuesday night World Cup victory over Colombia in Moscow. Kim Hjelmgaard And Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Rescuers start teaching trapped Thai cave boys to swim and dive," 4 July 2018 The same can be said for France, where 15.4 million viewers watched Les Bleus defeat Lionel Messi and his Argentine squad 4-3 in one of the most exciting matches of the World Cup to date. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Second Round Draws Record Ratings in U.K., France," 4 July 2018 Grenier and Knight just completed their college seasons as Grenier’s Oregon State team beat Knight’s Arkansas squad in the College World Series. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles sign competitive balance pick Cadyn Grenier," 3 July 2018 On Monday, Young finally got a chance to suit up for his NBA squad in a Summer League matchup with the Grizzlies. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Trae Young got off to a dreadful start in his first NBA Summer League game," 2 July 2018 The head of Egypt's soccer federation has defended the decision to select Chechnya as the base for the country's World Cup squad in Russia, but has not directly addressed complaints that Mohamed Salah was used as a political symbol there. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 Louisville City FC is the final USL squad in the event. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Why two leads weren't enough to keep Republic FC in the 'Hunt' for the Open Cup," 20 June 2018 Fully half of France’s victorious squad in 1998 were of migrant stock. The Economist, "For all its faults, the World Cup in Russia is worth celebrating," 9 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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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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