[es-kuh-dril, es-kuh-dril; French es-ka-dree-yuh]

noun, plural es·ca·drilles [es-kuh-drilz, es-kuh-drilz; French es-ka-dree-yuh] /ˌɛs kəˈdrɪlz, ˈɛs kəˌdrɪlz; French ɛs kaˈdri yə/.

a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes: the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
Obsolete. a small naval squadron.

Origin of escadrille

1910–15; < French: flotilla, Middle French < Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for escadrille

armada, fleet, battalion, squad, unit

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.

  • Our escadrille had been in Luxeuil during the months of April and May.

    Flying for France

    James R. McConnell

  • The news of Rockwell's death was telephoned to the escadrille.

    Flying for France

    James R. McConnell

  • He was the founder of the American escadrille and every one in it had come to rely on him.

    Flying for France

    James R. McConnell

British Dictionary definitions for escadrille



a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
a small squadron of ships

Word Origin for escadrille

from French: flotilla, from Spanish escuadrilla, from escuadra squadron
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Word Origin and History 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper