1. A small group of people organized in a common endeavor or activity.
2. The smallest tactical unit of military personnel.
3. A small unit of police officers.
4. Sports An athletic team.
[Obsolete French esquade, from Old French escadre, from Old Spanish escuadra and Old Italian squadra, both from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, square; see SQUARE.]
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