\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

So Far Croatia were one of only three teams alongside Uruguay and Belgium who finished the group stage with a 100% record after impressive wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, the latter showcasing the depth of quality in their squad. Jamie Spencer, Pro Soccer USA, "World Cup preview Croatia vs England: Head to Head, Team News, Prediction & More," 11 July 2018 De Los Santos, acquired from San Diego for Freddy Galvis, will pitch for the World squad. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Baseball All-Star Game rosters, TV, streaming info, stats and some Phillies' history," 9 July 2018 Where Tau can’t go, its squad of nano-drones or its killing-machine enforcer, Aries, can. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he has been rotated in as a substitute for the Swedish national squad. Raisa Bruner, Time, "What You Need to Know About World Cup Player Jimmy Durmaz," 27 June 2018 Kadyrov granted Salah honorary citizenship during a dinner banquet for the Egyptian squad on Friday. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Egypt defends choice of Chechnya as World Cup base," 27 June 2018 Yet despite Southgate’s preference for a youthful squad, a theoretically dynamic formation and a generally positive mindset, this looked like the same kind of story. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England breathes sigh of relief after uninspired win against lowly Tunisia," 18 June 2018 A week after an Atlanta-area AAU girls team and a Texas team got into a 40-person fight, a Chicago boys B-squad was involved in an on-court brawl with officials on Sunday at The Association tournament finals in Emerson, Ga., near Atlanta. Cam Smith, USA TODAY, "Players, officials tangle in massive brawl during boys basketball tournament," 9 July 2018 And cheerleading isn’t an official sport at the games, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of a beloved squad that’s been cheering enthusiastically for both sides at the events. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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