Definition of battalion in English:

battalion

Syllabification: bat·tal·ion
Pronunciation: /bəˈtalyən
 
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noun

1A large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel.
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
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.
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.

Origin

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

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