- a portion of a naval fleet or a detachment of warships; a subdivision of a fleet.
- an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops, a headquarters, and various supporting units.
- (in the U.S. Air Force).
- the basic administrative and tactical unit, smaller than a group and composed of two or more flights.
- a flight formation.
- a number of persons grouped or united together for some purpose; group.
- to form into a squadron or squadrons; marshal or array in or as if in squadrons.
Origin of squadron
1555–65; < Italian squadrone, equivalent to squadr(a) square + -one augmentative suffix
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Examples from the Web for squadron
The President came in and our squadron commander called, “Attention on deck!”
Our squadron doctor was lean, well muscled, square jawed and blond.
The result was chaos, as Jones, who thought he was in charge of the entire Black Sea fleet, was only commanding “the squadron.”Russia’s American Crimea Hero
March 14, 2014
On December 9, 2013, Norris met with Neubauer, her squadron commander Lt Col. Betsy Ross, Col. Tombe, and others.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
The tribune was surrounded by a squadron of hussars of the National Guard.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The squadron retired at once, and reported the state of affairs.
With the loss of perhaps a dozen men the squadron might gallop through.
A squadron was engaged in covering the operations of a foraging party.
The squadron then dismounted and opened fire with their carbines.
I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- a subdivision of a naval fleet detached for a particular task
- a number of naval units usually of similar type and consisting of two or more divisions
- a cavalry unit comprising two or more troops, headquarters, and supporting arms
- the basic tactical and administrative air force unit comprising two or more flights
C16: from Italian squadrone soldiers drawn up in square formation, from squadro square
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Word Origin and History for squadron
1560s, from Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra "battalion" (see squad).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper