verb (used with object), squad·ded, squad·ding.

to form into squads.
to assign to a squad.

Origin of squad

1640–50; < French esquade, alteration of esquadre < Spanish escuadra square; so called from square shape of the formation
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Historical Examples of squad

  • A squad of men were sent at once to guard the vessel that had been left in charge of the mate.

  • Between the three and us rose out of a hollow the squad of couriers.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • At one point they surprised a squad of Germans in charge of a searchlight.

  • He was put into the squad of Jean Macquart, against whom he had at first an aversion.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • You stole the money belonging to the squad; deny it if you dare, you bougre of a belly-god!

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for squad



the smallest military formation, typically comprising a dozen soldiers, used esp as a drill formation
any small group of people engaged in a common pursuit
sport a number of players from which a team is to be selected

Word Origin for squad

C17: from Old French esquade, from Old Spanish escuadra, from escuadrar to square, from the square formations used
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Word Origin and History for squad

1640s, "small number of military men detailed for some purpose," from French esquade, from Middle French escadre, from Spanish escuadra or Italian squadra "battalion," literally "square," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra (see square). Until the introduction of automatic weapons, infantry troops tended to fight in a square formation to repel cavalry or superior forces. Sports sense is recorded from 1902.

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