Squadron vs Battalion - What's the difference?

squadron | battalion |


As nouns the difference between squadron and battalion

is that squadron is (obsolete) primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square while battalion is (military) an army unit having two or more companies, etc and a headquarters traditionally forming part of a regiment.

As a verb battalion is

to form into battalions.

squadron

English

(Webster 1913)

Noun

  • (en noun) (abbreviated to: sqn)
  • (obsolete) Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
  • "Those half-rounding guards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined." -Milton.
  • (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).
  • Derived terms

    * flying squadron * squaddie / squaddy * Squadron Leader, squadron leader

    battalion

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (military) An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment.
  • (US, military) an army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade.
  • Any large body of troops.
  • (by extension) A great number of things.
  • Synonyms

    * (great number of things) heap, horde, load, mass, pile, swathe

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To form into battalions.