- a small number of soldiers, commonly 10 privates, a staff sergeant, and a corporal; the smallest military unit.
- a group of police officers, especially one organized to deal with a particular area of law enforcement: drug squad; fraud squad.
- any small group or party of persons engaged in a common enterprise.
- a sports team or a group of players from which a team is selected.
- Slang. a group of friends.
- to form into squads.
- to assign to a squad.
Origin of squad
Examples from the Web for squad
Finally, a squad of reinforcements arrived and they were able to retreat.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
The eyes of people like Thomas Patrick Cullen III, firefighter, Squad 41, husband, father, 31 years old.Dick Cheney vs. ‘Unbroken’
December 15, 2014
A squad soon arrived to take him away, and I saw the sergeant punch him in the face even though he went quietly.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
While I was delighted to close my case, another detective in my squad was not: K was his witness, in a prior incident.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Leonard has hung with cops, ridden in squad cars, sat in the courtrooms and precinct houses, seen busts up close.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
A squad of men were sent at once to guard the vessel that had been left in charge of the mate.City of Endless Night
Between the three and us rose out of a hollow the squad of couriers.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
At one point they surprised a squad of Germans in charge of a searchlight.
He was put into the squad of Jean Macquart, against whom he had at first an aversion.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Jean burst like a hurricane into the Rue du Bac with the few men of his squad.The Downfall
- the smallest military formation, typically comprising a dozen soldiers, used esp as a drill formation
- any small group of people engaged in a common pursuit
- sport a number of players from which a team is to be selected
Word Origin and History for squad
1640s, "small number of military men detailed for some purpose," from French esquade, from Middle French escadre, from Spanish escuadra or Italian squadra "battalion," literally "square," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra (see square). Until the introduction of automatic weapons, infantry troops tended to fight in a square formation to repel cavalry or superior forces. Sports sense is recorded from 1902.