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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Unlike the first squadron of X-Men—all of them white, American teenagers who first appeared in 1963—the new version was consciously diverse and international. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019 The West Virginia Air Guard was the last Air Force squadron to fly P-51s and retired its Mustangs in January 1957. David Owens, courant.com, "World War II bombers, fighter planes make two stops in Connecticut," 6 Sep. 2019 But McCain, with many months of training, was conversational in Dari and was more experienced than most of the pilots in the squadron. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "How a McCain came home from war to mourn his famous father," 23 Aug. 2019 The squadron is equipped with an industrial grade 3D printer, a Stratasys F900, capable of printing plastic parts up to 36-by-24-by-36 inches. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USAF's First Certified 3D-Printed Part Is a Toilet Seat Cover," 21 Aug. 2019 The infamous bomber squadron that went missing in 1945 was actually a training flight with new and inexperienced crews. Fox News, "'Storm Area 51 event' spawns rival ‘Storm the Bermuda Triangle' event: 'It can't swallow us all'," 22 July 2019 Stewart was serving with destroyer squadron 10, Atlantic fleet anti-submarine warfare, out of Newport, Rhode Island. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 The general has just sent a B-52 squadron to drop nuclear bombs on Russia; the end of the world is minutes away, and Mandrake is trying to get Ripper to tell him the planes’ recall code. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019 The paper laid special emphasis on assessing the requirements of the armed personnel, including air force squadrons, necessary to resist tribal and Afghan aggression. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, "What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan," 9 Aug. 2019

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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 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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