Definition of battalion in English:

battalion

Line breaks: bat|tal¦ion
Pronunciation: /bəˈtalɪən
 
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noun

1A large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade.
More example sentences
  • He has held key staff positions with troops at the battalion, brigade and division levels.
  • Throughout World War II, infantry battalions did not even have battalion scouts.
  • National Guard infantry battalions have been integrated into combat operations throughout the theater.
Synonyms
unit, regiment, brigade, force, garrison, division, squadron, squad, company, section, detachment, contingent, legion, corps, troop, group;
in ancient Romecohort
1.1A large organized group of people pursuing a common aim.
More example sentences
  • It has, however, successfully filled a gap produced by the collapse of the big battalions of the international secular Left.
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century: from French bataillon, from Italian battaglione, from battaglia 'battle', from Latin (see battle).

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