platoon

Definitions

General English

Military

  • noun a tactical and administrative infantry grouping of three or more sections or squads (i.e. about 30 men)
  • noun a tactical and administrative armoured grouping of three or more tanks or armoured reconnaissance vehicles
  • abbreviationpl

Origin & History of “platoon”

Platoon means etymologically ‘little ball’. It comes from French peloton, a diminutive form of pelote ‘ball’ (source of English pellet). The notion of a ‘small ball’ was extended in French to a ‘little cluster of people or group of soldiers’ – hence the meaning of English platoon.
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