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Definition of squad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small organized group of military personnel especially : a tactical unit that can be easily directed in the field
2 : a small group engaged in a common effort or occupation


squadded; squadding

Definition of squad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arrange in squads

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Synonyms for squad

Synonyms: Noun

army, band, brigade, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, platoon, team

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Examples of squad in a Sentence


the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His father Wilfred played to a high level in the 1970s and in 1984 his uncle Avril was called up to the Springboks, only the second black player to join the national squad. The Economist, "Chester Williams stood against South African rugby’s racism," 16 Sep. 2019 DeFrancesco was happy that his squad limited Lake Forest to 13 points on Friday. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Football notebook: Lake Forest shuts out Mundelein, gets back on track," 15 Sep. 2019 With one week done, fans of the National Football League’s (NFL) 32 teams have 15 more Sundays (or Mondays or Thursdays) for their squad to prove their Super Bowl candidacy. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "From the Ravens Flock to Steelers Nation, where to root and roost for your favorite NFL team in Baltimore," 14 Sep. 2019 Judge Gen has certain rules that the Bad Place needs to follow in selecting the test subjects, and Shawn has forgotten to share them with his squad. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Bad Place searches for the best worst humans in new Good Place footage," 12 Sep. 2019 Just one All-NBA player (Walker) joined the 2019 FIBA squad, and even some of the more impressive American youngsters—Trae Young, Marvin Bagley—didn’t come to China. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Team USA’s Backup Squad Finally Falls in FIBA World Cup," 11 Sep. 2019 At the University of Minnesota, Rebecca Masterman runs its bee squad. Michael Casey And Mike Householder, USA TODAY, "How can veterans cope with PTSD? Some are turning to beekeeping," 11 Sep. 2019 Only one roster move last weekend upset Broncos fans on Twitter: The release of running back Khalfani Muhammad, who cleared waivers and joined the practice squad. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos briefs: Despite long camp, starters enter opener with energy," 4 Sep. 2019 It’s featured some quality athletes who have navagated their way up and down the fairways and made big shots to aid their respective squads. Burbank Leader, "Girls’ Golf Preview: Rivalry expected to hit new high between Burroughs, Burbank," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of squad


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squad


Middle French esquade, from Old Spanish & Old Italian; Old Spanish escuadra & Old Italian squadra, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare to make square — more at square

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The first known use of squad was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of squad

: a part of a police force that deals with a specific type of crime
: a small organized group of soldiers
: a group of people who are involved in a particular activity


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Kids Definition of squad

1 : a small group of soldiers
2 : a small group working or playing together a football squad

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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