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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French

echelon

noun
     
Related topics: Military, Organizations
ech‧e‧lon [countable]
1 also echelonsSSO a rank or level of authority in an organization, business etc, or the people at that level
upper/higher/lower echelons
the upper echelons of government
Their clients are drawn from the highest echelons of society.
2 technicalPM a line of ships, soldiers, planes etc arranged in a pattern that looks like a series of steps

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