a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes: the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
Obsolete. a small naval squadron.
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How to use escadrille in a sentence
Practically every fighting nation has had not only its favorite airman but also its favorite aerial escadrille.The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
In 1916, after much excellent service over the lines, he became a member of the Lafayette escadrille.The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
A legend was current as to the large quantity of "wood broken" by Guynemer in his early days with the escadrille.Georges Guynemer | Henry Bordeaux
The Storks escadrille, which was the first to arrive, waged battle uninterruptedly for eight months.Georges Guynemer | Henry Bordeaux
Several weeks passed, during which Don Hale became thoroughly familiar with and accustomed to the work of the escadrille.Don Hale with the Flying Squadron | W. Crispin Sheppard
British Dictionary definitions for escadrille
a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
a small squadron of ships
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