squadron

noun
squad·​ron | \ ˈskwä-drən How to pronounce squadron (audio) \

Definition of squadron

1 : a unit of military organization: such as
a : a cavalry unit higher than a troop and lower than a regiment
b : a naval unit consisting of two or more divisions and sometimes additional vessels
c(1) : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a flight and lower than a group
(2) : a military flight formation
2 : a large group of people or things a squadron of limos

Examples of squadron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mariner went on to become the first woman to command a naval aviation squadron. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Navy announces first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot," 11 July 2020 Baron de Mackau, whom Charles X sent to deliver the ordinance, arrived in Haiti in July, accompanied by a squadron of 14 brigs of war carrying more than 500 cannons. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 The launch of the squadron comes amid growing Japanese concern that China and Russia are seeking ways to interfere, disable or destroy satellites. Washington Post, "Japan to boost space cooperation with US in revised policy," 29 June 2020 In 1990, Mariner, who died last January, was also the first woman to command an operational air squadron during Operation Desert Storm. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Navy Announces First Black Female Tactical Aircraft Pilot in 110 Years of Aviation," 11 July 2020 Its first squadron of 13 planes went operational last year at Misawa Air Base on the northern edge of the country's main island of Honshu. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Japan announces plans for new stealth fighter as US approves sale of F-35 jets," 10 July 2020 The squadron is catching up by putting students in the air six times a week. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "At Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, pilot training is still essential, but different in COVID era," 6 July 2020 Baron de Mackau, whom Charles X sent to deliver the ordinance, arrived in Haiti in July, accompanied by a squadron of 14 brigs of war carrying more than 500 cannons. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Guillen and Robinson, also 20, were both assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s engineer squadron but were on different troops. Fox News, "Sister and family attorney of slain Texas soldier Vanessa Guillen call for congressional investigation," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of squadron

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squadron

Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra squad, from Old Italian

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The first known use of squadron was in 1562

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31 Jul 2020

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“Squadron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squadron. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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squadron

noun
How to pronounce squadron (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of squadron

: a military unit consisting of soldiers, ships, or aircraft

squadron

noun
squad·​ron | \ ˈskwä-drən How to pronounce squadron (audio) \

Kids Definition of squadron

1 : a group of soldiers, ships, or aircraft moving and working together
2 : a large group A squadron of geese flew overhead.

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