Battalion meaning

bə-tălyən
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A great number.

Battalions of ants.

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A large group of soldiers arrayed for battle.
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Any large group joined together in some activity.
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A tactical unit made up of three or more companies, batteries, or analogous units: it is normally commanded by a lieutenant colonel and is the basic building unit of a division.
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(military) An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment.
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(US, military) An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade.
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Any large body of troops.
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(by extension) A great number of things.
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To form into battalions.
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The definition of a battalion is a large group of soldiers, or a group of combat units.

An example of a battalion is a group of 20 tanks attacking the same target.

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Origin of battalion

  • French bataillon from Old French from Italian battaglione augmentative of battaglia from Vulgar Latin battalia battle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bataillon.

    From Wiktionary