- a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes: the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
- Obsolete. a small naval squadron.
Origin of escadrille
Examples from the Web for escadrille
Historical Examples of escadrille
We had little thought that an escadrille of German planes could reach Paris.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
He began to think of what the boys of the escadrille would say.Don Hale with the Flying Squadron
W. Crispin Sheppard
Our escadrille had been in Luxeuil during the months of April and May.
The news of Rockwell's death was telephoned to the escadrille.
He was the founder of the American escadrille and every one in it had come to rely on him.
- a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
- a small squadron of ships
Word Origin for escadrille
from French escadrille, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra "square, squad, squadron," from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare, from Latin quadrare "to square" (see quadrant).