Definition of battalion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bəˈtæliən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bəˈtæliən//
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  1. 1(British English) a large group of soldiers that form part of a brigade Wordfinderarmy, artillery, battalion, command, defend, invade, officer, regiment, tactics, weapon
  2. 2(formal) a large group of people, especially an organized group with a particular purpose a battalion of supporters
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French bataillon, from Italian battaglione, from battaglia ‘battle’, from Latin battualia ‘military or gladiatorial exercises’, from Latin battuere ‘to beat’.
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