escadrille

escadrille

[es-kuh-dril, es-kuh-dril; French es-ka-dree-yuh]
noun, plural escadrilles [es-kuh-drilz, es-kuh-drilz; French es-ka-dree-yuh] .
1.
a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes: the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
2.
Obsolete. a small naval squadron.

Origin:
1910–15; < French: flotilla, Middle French < Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron

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escadrille (ˌɛskəˈdrɪl, French ɛskadrij)
 
n
1.  a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
2.  a small squadron of ships
 
[from French: flotilla, from Spanish escuadrilla, from escuadrasquadron]

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