Definition of battalion in English:

battalion

noun

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

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