Definition of battalion in English:


Syllabification: bat·tal·ion
Pronunciation: /bəˈtalyən


  • 1A large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel.
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    • 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.
    regiment, brigade, force, division, squadron, squad, company, section, detachment, contingent, legion, corps, cohort
  • 1.1A large, organized group of people pursuing a common aim or sharing a major undertaking.
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    • 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.


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

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