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peloton

[pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn] /ˈpɛl əˌtɒn, ˌpɛl əˈtɒn; French plɔˈtɔ̃/
noun
1.
an ornamental glass made in Bohemia in the late 19th century, usually having a striated overlay of glass filaments in a different color.
Also called peloton glass.
Origin of peloton
1710-1720
1710-20; < French: literally, ball, ball of string, equivalent to pelote ball (see pellet) + -on diminutive suffix
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  • If it were but known, 'they 'd give him a peloton and eight paces.'

  • If the peloton has to be mounted, the Sergeant sees that the horses are properly saddled.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • I gave twenty francs to the troopers of my peloton to drink my health, and I did not forget my friends Titi and Piatte.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • Towards this the imperial staff rode forward, while the peloton in front wheeled about, and rode to the rear of our squadrons.

  • I looked up: an equipage was passing from the gate, a peloton of dragoons escorted it; a second followed at full speed.

  • Why did he choose to spare my life when a word would have sent me before the peloton of execution?

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • "I'm glad of it," he said: "I will go with you to see the Sergeant-major, and try to get you put in my peloton" (company).

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • Sergeants drill the men of their peloton, and are responsible to their Lieutenant for the horses of their peloton.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
British Dictionary definitions for peloton

peloton

/ˈpɛləˌtɒn/
noun
1.
(cycle racing) the main field of riders in a road race
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: pack
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Contemporary definitions for peloton
noun

a small military group; platoon

Word Origin

French 'small pellet'

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Word Origin and History for peloton
n.

1706, "small body of soldiers, platoon," from French peleton, derivative of pelote "ball, heap, platoon" (11c.); see platoon.

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