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escadrille

[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)
1.
a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes:
the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
2.
Obsolete. a small naval squadron.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < French: flotilla, Middle French < Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron
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escadrille

/ˌɛskəˈdrɪl; French ɛskadrij/
noun
1.
a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
2.
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
n.

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

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