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[es-kuh-dril, es-kuh-dril; French es-ka-dree-yuh] /ˌɛs kəˈdrɪl, ˈɛs kəˌdrɪl; French ɛs kaˈdri yə/
noun, plural escadrilles
[es-kuh-drilz, es-kuh-drilz; French es-ka-dree-yuh] /ˌɛs kəˈdrɪlz, ˈɛs kəˌdrɪlz; French ɛs kaˈdri yə/ (Show IPA)
a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes:
the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
Obsolete. a small naval squadron.
Origin of escadrille
1910-15; < French: flotilla, Middle French < Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron Unabridged
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  • Generally the escadrille is relieved by another fighting unit after two hours over the lines.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • We had little thought that an escadrille of German planes could reach Paris.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • But why me any more than you, Tom, or any other fellow in the escadrille?

  • Our escadrille had been in Luxeuil during the months of April and May.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • For there, right below him, were the familiar hangars, the familiar fieldsthe headquarters of the escadrille itself.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • He was the founder of the American escadrille and every one in it had come to rely on him.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • I looked for my escadrille, and saw these machines way off in the distance.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • And all the pilots of the escadrille, in turn, came to sign it.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
  • It was of course in the villa placed at the disposal of the escadrille, many miles back of the first line of trenches.

  • Only four days later, however, Rockwell brought down the escadrille's first plane in his initial aërial combat.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
British Dictionary definitions for escadrille


/ˌɛskəˈdrɪl; French ɛskadrij/
a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
a small squadron of ships
Word Origin
from French: flotilla, from Spanish escuadrilla, from escuadrasquadron
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Word Origin and History for escadrille

from French escadrille, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra "square, squad, squadron," from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare, from Latin quadrare "to square" (see quadrant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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