1 An operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the personnel required to fly them.
1.1 A principal division of an armoured or cavalry regiment, consisting of two or more troops.
1.2 A group of warships detached on a particular duty or under the command of a flag officer.
1.3 informal A large group of people or things.
(escadrille – A French squadron of aircraft.)

Mid 16th century (originally denoting a group of soldiers in square formation): from Italian squadrone, from squadra ‘square’.

Alphonse directed the squadron toward it’s destination. As commander, he had high hopes the entire escadrille would reach the far wall of the living room.

[Today’s word was officially “escadrille”, but the contrast of the scope of definitions was too interesting to ignore.]


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