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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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Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps no squad made a bigger statement than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who toppled Aaron Rodgers and a Packers team that was coming off a bye week. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 6 winners and losers: Bucs' defense shines, Adam Gase's Jets hit embarrassing low," 19 Oct. 2020 Instead of making the famous defensive halftime adjustments, Auburn actually gave up more in the second half, which is becoming common for this 2020 squad. Giana Han, al, "Grading Auburn’s 30-22 loss to South Carolina," 18 Oct. 2020 Everybody that’s on this travel squad, coaches included, must be on the right side of that one play that makes a difference. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF football searching for answers after disappointing loss," 18 Oct. 2020 On Wednesday, the entire Juventus squad entered isolation after Ronaldo’s teammate, American midfielder Weston McKennie, also returned a positive test. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Covid-19, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Risks of International Soccer," 14 Oct. 2020 Chagrin Falls squad looks to continue its rushing pace from last week. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Familiar hurdles await with St. Edward-Medina, Euclid-St. Ignatius, Mentor-Stow and Perry-CVCA: Week 8 OHSAA football playoffs preview," 14 Oct. 2020 Games will be played Friday and Saturday with each squad facing the same opponent twice in one weekend at one site. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Here's when Mid-American Conference volleyball, soccer and other fall sports will return," 12 Oct. 2020 Herman has repeatedly made clear that this year’s squad is the most unified he’s seen, and even after consecutive losses, his message was no different. Dallas News, "Tom Herman addresses ‘The Eyes of Texas,' team unity after back-to-back losses," 12 Oct. 2020 The Miami Dolphins continue to deliver competitive games in 2020, but this young squad hasn’t quite figured out how to win close contests yet. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Grades and stock up, stock down for Dolphins' 31-23 loss to Seahawks," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Squad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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