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

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Eric Zipkin, a founder of the squadron who spoke to USA TODAY before the trip began, said the effort has been five years in the making. Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY, "Restored WWII aircraft from the U.S. to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy," 31 May 2019 Escorting him were a squadron of military planes in command of Col. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 11, 1927: Lindbergh winging his way from San Diego to Paris," 11 May 2018 The Army would then form an all African-American squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, who would later be known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Tuskegee Airman Robert Friend, Who Flew 142 Combat Missions in World War II, Dead at 99," 25 June 2019 On September 23, 1779, an American/French squadron led by Bonhomme Richard made contact with a convoy led by the British warships Serapis and Countess of Scarborough. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Shipwreck of One of America’s First Warships Was Just Found," 12 Dec. 2018 That lead to the birth of an all African-American Army Air Corps pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Tuskegee Airman honored 73 years after being lynched in Austria," 27 May 2018 Soon after the United States declared war against Spain in 1898, an American squadron destroyed the Spanish naval fleet, anchored in the Philippines. Stephen Kinzer, BostonGlobe.com, "McKinley’s dream of a global empire," 23 Mar. 2018 At a meeting in Brussels, the ministers unveiled a new plan to reinforce their presence in any European crisis with the deployment of 30 troop battalions, 30 squadrons of aircraft, and 30 warships within 30 days. Lorne Cook And Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "NATO trumpets resolve over Russia, plays down divisions," 8 June 2018 Opposing the Nautilus, steaming on the elemental power of the universe, were three flee-type submarines, 10 destroyers, 16 helicopter in shifts of four each, and a squadron of six planes packed with submarine-detection gear. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 13, 1958: Aboard the Nautilus," 13 May 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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squadron

noun

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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