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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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Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alter's squad is terrific at the 1, 2 and 3 positions! Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons all-time draft: Both rosters stacked with studs, but which team wins?," 18 June 2020 The first-team squad and coach Maurizio Sarri also agreed to give up four months' wages to help the club manage the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saving the club more than $100 million. Matias Grez, CNN, "Paulo Dybala: The boy from the town "where dreams seem unreachable" who became a global superstar," 18 June 2020 Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Department resigned from a special squad last week after the two officers, identified as Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe, were suspended after shoving Gugino. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Lawyer for 75-year-old Buffalo man shoved by police says his 'brain is injured'," 11 June 2020 Scarbrough joined Detroit’s practice squad after Johnson got hurt. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Kerryon Johnson ‘wasn’t tripping’ when Lions picked D’Andre Swift," 11 June 2020 Undrafted with a year of NFL Europe experience to his name, Martin joined the Packers late in 2005 and climbed from the practice squad to the active roster in 2006. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nickel: Why former Packers receiver Ruvell Martin finally said yes to Matt LaFleur," 8 June 2020 Hinshaw's squad arrived, and Lee escorted him back to his unit. Michael Clevenger, USA TODAY, "'They saved me': How protesters protected a lone cop, a moment captured in powerful photos," 7 June 2020 That squad placed 11th with Bolmaro averaging a team-high 10.8 points per game. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Leandro Bolmaro NBA Draft 2020 profile: Stats, bio, video of guard from Argentina," 6 June 2020 After only three months working with students, TSU’s debate squad bested opponents from Harvard University and the University of Chicago. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Legendary Texas Southern University debate coach Dr. Freeman dies at 100," 6 June 2020

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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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23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Squad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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