squad·​ron | \ˈskwä-drən \

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

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Its goal is to launch a squadron of the tiny probes in about 20 years to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.3 light-years away. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 To address the skill disparity, Wargaming will change aircraft carriers from an RTS map to a third-person view, with the aircraft carrier player flying individual squadrons rather than commanding an entire air wing. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Four Thirties Strategy aims to stand up 30 air squadrons, 30 ships, and 30 battalions in 30 days: that is, 25 days after Russia has swallowed the Baltic republics and morsels of Poland. Mark Helprin, WSJ, "Defining Defense Down," 11 Oct. 2018 The feeling that stakes were high, competition was fierce, and failure was not an option, pervaded our squadron, our team, our school. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Dave Hecht, spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, said the squadron took the day off from training Thursday in order to grieve. Lolita C. Baldoor, Sun-Sentinel.com, "2 Floridians identified as aviators killed in Key West Navy jet crash," 16 Mar. 2018 Methods at club academies were overhauled, a squadron of coaches trained, specialist schools opened. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Belgium’s Blueprint, Croatia’s Chaos, and the Murky Path to World Cup Glory," 10 July 2018 Shielded by 28 fighter planes, two squadrons of heavy bombers roared into Kiska at deck level. Peter Porco, Anchorage Daily News, "When Japan invaded Alaska: What you need to know about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu," 15 May 2018 So, too, here: When the game ended, the explosion of joy from the French players, and their small squadron of fans, felt somehow out of place, out of context, with the torpor that had descended. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of squadron

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


squad·​ron | \ˈskwä-drən \

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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