\ 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

The Jets also shuffled their quarterback depth chart, promoting Luke Falk from the practice squad to serve as the backup to starter Trevor Siemian. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 United were without their own Dutch star in Groenen, missing from the squad, while Swedish full-back Lotta Okvist was also absent. SI.com, "​Man Utd Women Can Take Serious Positives From Start to WSL Season Despite 2 Defeats," 17 Sep. 2019 New York lost quarterback Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury in the second quarter, and Luke Falk -- promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day -- played the rest of the game. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 2019 Could the Broncos move Wilkinson to left tackle next week and put in Jake Rodgers (called up from the practice squad on Saturday) to play right tackle? Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Talking Points: Crazy finish allows Chicago to win," 15 Sep. 2019 One day after the Ravens promoted him from the practice squad, cornerback Maurice Canady is active for the team’s home opener against the Cardinals. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens cornerback Maurice Canady active for home opener vs. Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2019 Wilson, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, had a 2-yard run to give the 49ers a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers offense awakens in 41-17 romp over Bengals; Staley suffers broken leg," 15 Sep. 2019 Allison beat undrafted rookie cornerback Nate Meadors, who was called up from the practice squad on Thursday. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Late Kirk Cousins interception dooms Vikings in 21-16 loss at Green Bay," 15 Sep. 2019 Rookie Tony Pollard, veteran Alfred Morris and Jordan Chunn, who earlier in the day was promoted from the practice squad, cycled through running back drills under the Texas heat of Frisco practice fields. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "How Cowboys are preparing for Ezekiel Elliott's potential Week 1 absence vs. Giants," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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