- a military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and a headquarters.
- a small unit of a police force.
- a company or group of persons: a platoon of visitors.
- Football. a group of players specially trained in one aspect of the game, as offense or defense, and used as a unit: a halfback on the offensive platoon.
- to use (a player) at a position in a game alternately with another player or players.
- to alternate (two different teams or units), as separate offensive and defensive squads.
- to alternate at a position with another player or players.
- to use players alternately at the same position.
- to alternate different teams.
Origin of platoon
Related Words for platoondetachment, squadron, patrol, squad, batch, set, parcel, army, battery, company, outfit, cluster, troop, lot, team, array, clump, unit, bunch
Examples from the Web for platoon
Contemporary Examples of platoon
But that was Oliver expunging all this anger he had from not being able to get Platoon made yet, which was his baby.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
It was the part that Willem Dafoe wound up playing in Platoon.Viggo Mortensen Talks ‘The Two Faces of January,’ Blasts Fox News and Israel’s ‘State Terrorism’
September 27, 2014
Once every ten days, a platoon rotates back to Balad Air Base to take showers and wash clothes.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
As the platoon was leaving the compound, they came across a local: Mullah Adahdad.
One day, “myself and Holmes found ourselves kind of secluded from the majority of the platoon,” Morlock tells Krauss.
Historical Examples of platoon
They carry portable telephones with which they can communicate with their platoon.
Fannia stopped and watched as a platoon of natives advanced on them.Warrior Race
The designation "So-and-so's" squad or platoon may also be used.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911
United States War Department
The platoon experiment was illuminating in several respects.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
They were suspended by cords from a gibbet, to be fired at by a platoon of soldiers.Expositions of Holy Scripture
- military a subunit of a company usually comprising three sections of ten to twelve men: commanded by a lieutenant
- a group or unit of people, esp one sharing a common activity, characteristic, etc
Word Origin for platoon
1630s, from French peloton "platoon, group of people," from Middle French peloton (15c.), literally "little ball," hence, "agglomeration," diminutive of Old French pelote "ball" (see pellet).
in baseball, "to alternate (a player) with another in the same position," 1967, from platoon (n.), which had been used in team sports since 1941.