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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: bataillon, from Old Italian battaglione, from battaglia 'group of soldiers, battle', from Late Latin battalia; BATTLE1

battalion

noun
     
Related topics: Army
bat‧tal‧ion [countable]
1PMA a large group of soldiers consisting of several companies (company)
2 a large group of people who are doing something with a particular purpose
battalion of
a battalion of supporters

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