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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Officials said the sailor was working as a maintainer at the helicopter squadron. Fox News, "Navy: Sailor killed in 'mishap' on helicopter flight line," 25 June 2018 After a four-year tour of duty on a jet attack squadron in Jacksonville, Florida, Bean attends the Navy Test Pilot School and flies several types of aircraft. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Forgotten True Story of Alan Bean's Unlikely Journey to the Moon," 29 May 2018 The next year, he was assigned to a torpedo squadron in the Pacific and piloted a Grumman Avenger. Enid Nemy, New York Times, "Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92," 17 Apr. 2018 Neuhart has remained in the Navy but was relieved of his command of a helicopter squadron in Guam. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Charges dismissed against Navy commander accused of attempted rape," 1 June 2018 The Devil Dog memorializes the number 3 ship of the VMB 612 squadron which was declared missing on July 27, 1945, off Hachija Jima. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "B-25 Bomber to arrive for Warbird Weekend at West Houston Airport," 10 Apr. 2018 Japan is also looking at using drone squadrons to accompany piloted aircraft. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 There were also constant calls for ever more squadrons to defend the British homeland against German air raids. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "The RAF at 100: Masters of the Skies," 29 June 2018 Lackey’s squadron is now leading a NATO deployment in northeastern Poland. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How U.S. troops could get stuck in a traffic jam on their way to fend off war with Russia," 24 June 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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