Definition of squadron in English:



  • 1An operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the personnel required to fly them.

    • ‘Indeed, the Polish airmen who managed to reach the UK formed a fully-fledged Polish air force with 14 squadrons and support services, and this by 1941.’
    • ‘Charles Turner was serving with the Royal Air Force when his squadron got their flying orders for D-Day.’
    • ‘Losses were heavy and the RAAF squadrons were supplemented by RAF Hudsons flown from India.’
    • ‘As part of the tour, the group will also visit Air Force squadrons on base to see how they fly and maintain their fleet.’
    • ‘It was home to one of the Royal Air Force's oldest squadrons and hosted such events as the Schneider Trophy air races.’
    unit, detail, squad, troop, contingent, outfit, task force, crew, patrol, section, formation
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    1. 1.1 A principal division of an armoured or cavalry regiment, consisting of two or more troops.
      • ‘Numerically, each of its three cavalry squadrons has the equivalent of a tank battalion, a mechanized battalion, and an artillery battery.’
      • ‘The event was also a farewell for the Leopard tanks of the reserve squadron of 1 Armd Regt.’
      • ‘The rarely-used Scottish state coach, drawn by four white horses, was escorted by two squadrons of the Household Cavalry.’
      • ‘Cavalrymen familiar with the command and control squadrons of the border regiments during the Cold War will recognize this organization.’
      • ‘It is understood the restructuring will see the creation of nine infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and one cavalry squadron.’
      unit, contingent, battalion, regiment, garrison, division, company, platoon, section, detachment, legion, corps, troop
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    2. 1.2 A group of warships detached on a particular duty or under the command of a flag officer.
      • ‘The next few years were spent commanding small naval squadrons.’
      • ‘Many ships and squadrons in the Royal Navy fervently believe they are special - and some have good reason to make that claim.’
      • ‘The only major sea battle in World War began with fighting between Royal Navy squadrons of battle-cruisers under Beatty and a German squadron under Rear Admiral von Hipper.’
      • ‘The award is presented annually to the Royal Navy ship, squadron or Royal Marines unit that is judged to have done most to project a positive image of the Senior Service.’
      • ‘One of their drones shadowing the withdrawing enemy fleet has detected a squadron of enemy warships detaching from the main body.’
      detachment, detail, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, cadre, commando
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    3. 1.3informal A large group of people or things.
      ‘he immediately commissioned a squadron of architects’
      • ‘Bradford Council insisted its squadron of gritters was working overtime, but thousands of frustrated motorists faced huge delays on normally-short journeys.’
      • ‘The force now included around a battalion of infantry as well as a squadron of military engineers.’
      • ‘They are met at the courthouse door by a squadron of court officers who proceed to subject them to a humiliating search.’


Mid 16th century (originally denoting a group of soldiers in square formation): from Italian squadrone, from squadra ‘square’.