- a military unit composed of two or more squads or sections, normally under the command of a lieutenant: it is a subdivision of a company, troop, etc.
- a group or unit like this: a platoon of police
- Sports any of the specialized squads (as the offensive and defensive squads in professional football) constituting a single team
Origin of platoonFrench peloton, a ball, group, platoon from Old French pelote, a ball: see pellet
- to divide into platoons, or use as or on a platoon
- Sports to alternate (players) at a position: to platoon two rookies in right field
- to be alternated with another player at a position
- to platoon players at a position
- A subdivision of a company of troops consisting of two or more squads or sections and usually commanded by a lieutenant.
- A group of people working, traveling, or assembled together: a platoon of firefighters; buses carrying platoons of tourists.
- Sports A group of players within a team, especially a football team, that is trained and sent into or withdrawn from play as a unit: the defensive platoon.
verbpla·tooned, pla·toon·ing, pla·toons Sports
To play (a player) in alternation with another player in the same position: platooned the two catchers.
- To use alternate players at the same position.
- To take turns playing a position with another player.
Origin of platoonFrench peloton from Old French diminutive of pelote ball ; see pellet .
(third-person singular simple present platoons, present participle platooning, simple past and past participle platooned)