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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: escouade, from escadre, from Italian squadra 'square', from Vulgar Latin exquadra; SQUARE2

squad

noun
     
squad W3 [countable]
1 a group of players from which a team will be chosen for a particular sports event:
the Italian World Cup squad
2SCP the police department responsible for dealing with a particular kind of crime
drugs/fraud/vice etc squad
A controlled explosion was carried out by bomb squad officers.
3PMA a small group of soldiers working together as a unit:
a drill squad
4 American EnglishDS a group of cheerleaders
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