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 As a young man, Firestone joined the U.S. Army Air Force, becoming a navigator in a bomber squadron. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 10 July 2021 Each house demands at least one cleaning person, if not five, and a squadron of landscapers, pool boys, and other custodians who all need direction. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 22 June 2021 Pedersen begged and borrowed A-4 and TA-4 Skyhawks from a neighboring Miramar squadron. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2021 That’s a reduction in the U.S. patrol squadron from 19 vessels to just six. David Axe, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Like a squadron of F-16s taking off from mid-court? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2021 Joseph Parker, the squadron’s flight sergeant and on-scene commander, closed all beaches and started search protocols, which eventually turned up a total of 24 packages. al, 18 June 2021 McSally was the first woman in U.S. history to fly a combat mission in a fighter jet as well as the first woman to command a fighter squadron. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 25 Oct. 2020 Through a spokesperson, the commander of the development squadron, Capt. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021

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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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“Squadron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squadron. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squadron

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


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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