[ skwod-ruhn ]
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  1. a portion of a naval fleet or a detachment of warships; a subdivision of a fleet.

  2. an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops, a headquarters, and various supporting units.

  1. (in the U.S. Air Force).

    • the basic administrative and tactical unit, smaller than a group and composed of two or more flights.

    • a flight formation.

  2. a number of persons grouped or united together for some purpose; group.

verb (used with object)
  1. to form into a squadron or squadrons; marshal or array in or as if in squadrons.

Origin of squadron

1555–65; <Italian squadrone, equivalent to squadr(a) square + -one augmentative suffix

Other words from squadron

  • half-squadron, noun
  • sub·squad·ron, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for squadron


/ (ˈskwɒdrən) /

    • a subdivision of a naval fleet detached for a particular task

    • a number of naval units usually of similar type and consisting of two or more divisions

  1. a cavalry unit comprising two or more troops, headquarters, and supporting arms

  1. the basic tactical and administrative air force unit comprising two or more flights

Origin of squadron

C16: from Italian squadrone soldiers drawn up in square formation, from squadro square
  • Abbreviation: sqn

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