squadron

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

French escadron, formerly also esquadron, or Italian squadrone. See squad.

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Noun[edit]

squadron (plural squadrons) (abbreviated to: sqn)

  1. (obsolete) Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
    "Those half-rounding guards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined." -Milton.
  2. (military, army) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.
  3. (military, navy) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.
  4. (military, air force) A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group or wing (depending on particular air force).

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