Definition of battalion in English:

battalion

noun

  • 1A large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade.

    • ‘These included infantry battalions, land combat support units, the Special Air Service and aircrew personnel.’
    • ‘General Van Fleet did however command an infantry battalion during this period.’
    • ‘Only one of these battalions, the 36th battalion of the Civil Defence Corps, has been in action.’
    • ‘Tank battalions, which supported infantry divisions, were at times broken up and spread over a whole division.’
    • ‘The force now included around a battalion of infantry as well as a squadron of military engineers.’
    • ‘Instead, there is the current system of battalions assigned to brigades.’
    • ‘I'm sure that is an apt description of the reaction of the troops in those battalions.’
    • ‘The smallest unit of the battalion is a tactical loudspeaker broadcast team.’
    • ‘Donovan had won a Medal of Honor during World War I as an infantry battalion commander.’
    • ‘A brigade normally consists of about 3,000 to 4,000 troops probably including two to three infantry battalions.’
    • ‘This was different from its usual role of supporting a motorised infantry battalion.’
    • ‘Throughout World War II, infantry battalions did not even have battalion scouts.’
    • ‘It will detail which four infantry battalions will be cut.’
    • ‘He has held key staff positions with troops at the battalion, brigade and division levels.’
    • ‘Hoon's plan to cut British army infantry battalions from 40 to 36 was announced on Thursday.’
    • ‘Later he commanded a tank battalion, an armored brigade and the First Cavalry Division.’
    • ‘From the beginning of the attack, troops of both battalions had displayed a disinclination to engage the enemy.’
    • ‘When needed, the marines gather together enough battalions and brigades to form a division and that's that.’
    • ‘National Guard infantry battalions have been integrated into combat operations throughout the theater.’
    • ‘Posted to the Far East, he became medical officer of an infantry battalion.’
    unit, regiment, brigade, force, garrison, division, squadron, squad, company, section, detachment, contingent, legion, corps, troop, group
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    1. 1.1 A large organized group of people pursuing a common aim.
      • ‘Legislation was introduced to control prices, and exports, to requisition cereals, and to organize labour battalions to work the land.’
      • ‘A battalion of certified financial planners is in the making in the country’
      • ‘India's specialized technology institutes are turning out battalions of software wizards.’
      • ‘Suddenly, whole battalions of people with weird, rat-like faces were able to partake in a pastime previously denied them.’
      • ‘It will keep a battalion of civil service economists and statisticians in work with the creation of more monitoring and evaluation.’
      • ‘The corporations always have a battalion of crackerjack lawyers to defend themselves.’
      • ‘It has, however, successfully filled a gap produced by the collapse of the big battalions of the international secular Left.’
      • ‘Weinstein is expected to enlist the usual battalions of experts on forensic science, jury selection and criminal psychology.’
      crowd, army, mob, throng, horde, swarm, multitude, herd, host, mass, drove, large number
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French bataillon, from Italian battaglione, from battaglia ‘battle’, from Latin (see battle).

Pronunciation

battalion

/bəˈtalɪən/