squad

[ skwod ]
/ skwɒd /

noun

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

to form into squads.
to assign to a squad.

Nearby words

  1. sqq.,
  2. squab,
  3. squabble,
  4. squabby,
  5. squacco,
  6. squad car,
  7. squad room,
  8. squadder,
  9. squaddie,
  10. squadoosh

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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British Dictionary definitions for squad

squad

/ (skwɒd) /

noun

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

squad

n.

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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