Definition of platoon in English:


Line breaks: pla|toon
Pronunciation: /pləˈtuːn


  • 1A subdivision of a company of soldiers, usually forming a tactical unit that is commanded by a subaltern or lieutenant and divided into three sections: [as modifier]: the platoon commander
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    • A platoon of soldiers stands at a checkpoint on a barren road in the middle of miles and miles of trackless desert.
    • The heavy armored cavalry troop is organized with a troop headquarters, two scout platoons, two tank platoons, a mortar section, and a maintenance section.
    • The third rifle platoon was committed to reinforce success on the right flank.
    unit, patrol, troop, squad, team, squadron, company, group, corps, division, outfit, detachment, contingent
  • 1.1A group of people acting together: platoons of sharp lawyers
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    • Prosecutors are either too timid or outgunned by the platoons of pricey defense lawyers.
    • Some suits already have been filed, and platoons of lawyers and other legal watchdogs are standing by in battleground states like Wisconsin just in case.
    • I had my 9 a.m. acting class to teach to our platoon of body doubles.
  • 1.2 [as modifier] (In South Africa) denoting a school or schooling system in which two separate sets of teachers and pupils use the same buildings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • 1.3 [as modifier] Baseball Engaged in platooning: a platoon player
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    • At the very least he might land one or more useful platoon players, or an everyday guy who can deliver league-average performance at bargain rates.
    • And Cal Ripken, just days after learning he is a platoon player from here on out, hit his first 2001 homer.
    • I like the Kent signing, think Valentin is okay as a platoon player, and am having hopefully not naive hopes that Perez is a player.


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  • 1 [with object] (In South Africa) apply the platoon system to (a school): it has been found necessary to platoon 14 schools
  • 2 [with object] Baseball Use the strategy of alternating (a pair of players or one player with another) in a specified field position in successive games: at catcher we platooned Petralli and Stanley
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    • Expect Walker to handle the ball even more this season with the team platooning several players at point guard.
    • Casey platooned Brown and Billy Johnson at third.
    • Expect Iannetta to face a good number of southpaws, as the club would be best suited to platoon the position.


mid 17th century: from French peloton 'platoon', literally 'small ball', diminutive of pelote.

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