- a group of warships, usually of the same type, assigned to some special duty; specif., a naval unit consisting of two or more divisions
- a unit of armored cavalry composed of from two to four troops, a headquarters, and auxiliary units
- a military flight formation
- the basic tactical and administrative air-force unit, smaller than an air group and larger than a flight
- a large or organized group
Origin of squadronItalian squadrone ; from squadra, a square, feminine of quadrus, square
- A naval unit consisting of two or more divisions of a fleet.
- An armored cavalry unit subordinate to a regiment and consisting of two or more troops.
- A cavalry or armored unit of a European army, corresponding to a company.
- A basic tactical air force unit, subordinate to a group and consisting of two or more flights.
- A multitude or horde: “Squadrons of flies like particles of dust danced up and down” (T.E. Lawrence).
Origin of squadronItalian squadrone, augmentative of squadra, squad; see squad.
(plural squadrons) (abbreviated to: sqn)
- (military, army) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.
- (military, navy) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.
- (military, air force) A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group or wing (depending on particular air force).