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battalion

[ buh-tal-yuhn ]
/ bəˈtæl yən /
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noun

Military. a ground force unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies or similar units.
an army in battle array.
Often battalions. a large number of persons or things; force: battalions of bureaucrats.

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Origin of battalion

1580–90; <Middle French bataillon <Italian battaglione large squadron of soldiers, equivalent to battagli(a) battalia + -one augmentative suffix
sub·bat·tal·i·on, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for battalion

battalion
/ (bəˈtæljən) /

noun

a military unit comprised of three or more companies or formations of similar size
(usually plural) any large array
C16: from French bataillon, from Old Italian battaglione, from battaglia company of soldiers, battle
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