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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.
/ˌɛskəˈdrɪl; French ɛskadrij/
a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
a small squadron of ships

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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