- 1An operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the personnel required to fly them.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.1A principal division of an armored or cavalry regiment, consisting of two or more troops.More example sentences
- Numerically, each of its three cavalry squadrons has the equivalent of a tank battalion, a mechanized battalion, and an artillery battery.
- 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.
- 1.2A group of warships detached on a particular duty or under the command of a flag officer.More example sentences
- One of their drones shadowing the withdrawing enemy fleet has detected a squadron of enemy warships detaching from the main body.
- 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.
- 1.3 • informal A large group of people or things: he immediately commissioned a squadron of architectsMore example sentences
- 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'.
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