squadron
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈskwɒd.ɹən/
Noun

squadron (plural squadrons) (abbreviated to: sqn)

  1. (obsolete) Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Those half-rounding guards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined.
  2. (military, historical, army) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.
  3. (military) A body of infantrymen made up of several platoons, averaging from eighty to one hundred and fifty men, and led by a captain or a major.
  4. (military, navy) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer
    the North Atlantic Squadron
  5. (military, air force) A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group or wing (depending on particular air force).
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