\ ˈskwäd How to pronounce squad (audio) \

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

Both Manchester United and Arsenal have launched enquiries about Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, who was left out of the Saints' pre-season squad. SI.com, "Mario Lemina Edges Closer to Southampton Exit as Man Utd & Arsenal Make 'Enquiries'," 9 July 2019 Just camp the center of the circle or play at height to avoid getting seen by full squads and try to squeeze out a higher placement. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apex Legends’ ranked mode will be the key to keeping it alive," 9 July 2019 The only pieces gone from last year’s 19-win squad are David Nwaba, Nik Stauskas and Marquese Chriss. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Larry Nance Jr. ‘happy as hell’ with Cavaliers’ off-season, expects to be a ‘problem’ for opponents with improved game," 9 July 2019 The two squads went head-to-head in a series of physical challenges, with the first team to reach four victories being named the winner. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County 2019 Fan’s Choice Player of Year Competition: Centennial vs Marriotts Ridge," 9 July 2019 Matt Kryger, IndyStar LAS VEGAS -- The Indiana Pacers' summer league squad continues to lack offensive punch. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers falter in blowout loss to Pistons at Las Vegas summer league," 8 July 2019 Here’s why: The US Women’s soccer team wins more championships, sells more jerseys, and generates more revenue than the men’s squad. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Get on the right side of history, US Soccer: Equal pay for the women’s team — now," 8 July 2019 The United States’ best ever squad has probably earned a pay rise. J.t., The Economist, "America’s victorious World Cup team may be its best ever," 8 July 2019 Ellis used the 2016 Olympics to welcome Pugh, who was 18 at the time, and Crystal Dunn, the last player cut from the World Cup squad a year earlier. Steven Goff, courant.com, "USWNT will celebrate and be celebrated - and then it’s back to work," 8 July 2019

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Across the pond, the US squad all play in the NWSL. SI.com, "6 Fascinating Subplots to Keep an Eye On During Sunday's Women's World Cup Final in Lyon," 5 July 2019 Eventually, at 17, Neely made the Portland Winter Hawks roster in 1982-83, and Courtnall was added to his hometown Victoria squad as an 18-year-old in 1980-81. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Torey Krug wants to remain a Bruin — at the right price," 22 June 2019 Lavelle, 24, earned All-American status three times at Wisconsin and was named to the Big Ten All-Conference squad four times in her career with the Badgers from 2013-16. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Badgers alumna Rose Lavelle scores in first World Cup soccer game," 11 June 2019 The Cardinals squad Seattle beat on a last-second field goal two weeks earlier wasn’t much better. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "It’s too early to call the Seahawks good, but they might be good enough for the playoffs," 15 Oct. 2018 Star fullback Alex Telles is among the absentees from the Portuguese league leaders squad, along with Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Moussa Marega. SI.com, "Liverpool Has Champions League Quarterfinal Place Within Reach," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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