Meaning of squadron in English:



  • 1An operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the personnel required to fly them.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was home to one of the Royal Air Force's oldest squadrons and hosted such events as the Schneider Trophy air races.’
    • ‘Charles Turner was serving with the Royal Air Force when his squadron got their flying orders for D-Day.’
    unit, detail, squad, troop, contingent, outfit, task force, crew, patrol, section, formation
    1. 1.1A principal division of an armoured or cavalry regiment, consisting of two or more troops.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is understood the restructuring will see the creation of nine infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and one cavalry squadron.’
      • ‘The event was also a farewell for the Leopard tanks of the reserve squadron of 1 Armd Regt.’
      unit, contingent, battalion, regiment, garrison, division, squadron, company, platoon, section, detachment, legion, corps, troop
    2. 1.2A group of warships detached on a particular duty or under the command of a flag officer.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many ships and squadrons in the Royal Navy fervently believe they are special - and some have good reason to make that claim.’
      • ‘The next few years were spent commanding small naval squadrons.’
      detachment, detail, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, squadron, cadre, commando
    3. 1.3informal A large group of people or things.
      ‘he immediately commissioned a squadron of architects’
      • ‘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’.