What does Battalion mean?

Definitions for Battalion
bəˈtæl yənbat·tal·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. battalionnoun

    an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

  2. battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, packnoun

    a large indefinite number

    "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"


  1. battalionnoun

    An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment.

  2. battalionnoun

    an army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade.

  3. battalionnoun

    Any large body of troops.

  4. battalionnoun

    A great number of things.

  5. battalionverb

    To form into battalions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Battalionnoun

    Etymology: bataillon, Fr.

    When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
    But in battalions. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    In this battalion there were two officers, called Thersites and Pandarus. Tatler, №. 56.

    The pierc’d battalions disunited fall,
    In heaps on heaps: one fate o’erwhelms them all. Alexander Pope.

    Six or seven thousand is their utmost power.
    —— Why, our battalion trebles that account. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.


  1. Battalion

    A battalion is a military unit, typically consisting of 300 to 1,200 soldiers commanded by a lieutenant colonel, and subdivided into a number of companies (usually each commanded by a major or a captain). In some countries, battalions are exclusively infantry, while in others battalions are unit-level organizations. The word battalion came into the English language in the 16th century from the French language (French: bataillon meaning "battle squadron"; Italian: battaglione meaning the same thing; derived from the Vulgar Latin word battalia meaning "battle" and from the Latin word bauttere meaning "to beat" or "to strike"). The first use of the word in English was in the 1580s.


  1. battalion

    A battalion is a large organized group of soldiers usually consisting around 300 to 1,000 personnel, typically as part of a military or paramilitary force. It's led by a commander, often a lieutenant colonel, and can be divided into several companies or squads. The size, structure and tactical operations of a battalion can vary greatly depending on the military system, the type of troops, and their specific mission or role.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battalionnoun

    a body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array

  2. Battalionnoun

    a regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle

  3. Battalionverb

    to form into battalions


  1. Battalion

    A battalion is a military unit with 300 to 1,200 soldiers that usually conists of two to seven companies and is commanded by either a lieutenant colonel or a colonel. Several battalions form a regiment or brigade. The nomenclature varies by nationality and by branch of arms, for instance, some armies organize their infantry into battalions, but call battalion-sized cavalry, reconnaissance, or tank units a squadron or a regiment instead. There may even be subtle distinctions within a nation's branches of arms, such as a distinction between a tank battalion and an armored squadron, depending on how the unit's operational role is perceived to fit into the army's historical organization. A battalion is generally the smallest military unit capable of independent operations, although many armies have smaller units that are self-sustaining. The battalion is usually part of a regiment, brigade, or group, depending on the organizational model used by that service. The bulk of a battalion will ordinarily be homogeneous with respect to type, although there are many exceptions. Every battalion will also include some sort of combat service support, typically organized within a combat support company.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Battalion

    bat-al′yun, n. a body of soldiers consisting of several companies: a body of men drawn up in battle-array. [Fr.; from root of Battle.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. battalion

    A reserve cargo handling battalion composed solely of selected reserve personnel. Also called NRCHB. See also maritime pre-positioning ships.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. battalion

    A force of soldiers, complete in staff and officers, of such strength as will allow of its manœuvres on the field of battle being intimately regulated by one superior officer. The term is now proper to infantry only, and represents from 500 to 1000 men. It is the ordinary unit made use of in estimating the infantry strength of an army.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. battalion

    A body of troops, so called from being originally a body of men arranged for battle; consisting in European armies of about 800 or 1000 men; in the U. S. service, an aggregation of from two to twelve companies.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Battalion in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Battalion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Battalion in a Sentence

  1. Staff General Raymond Odierno:

    In the past we would have a British Army division working alongside an American division. Now it might be a British brigade inside an American division, or even a British battalion inside an American brigade.

  2. Defense Secretary Mark Esper:

    At the direction of the Commander in Chief, I have authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force of the 82nd Airborne Division( in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq.

  3. Brian Kelly:

    We had an advanced party of 18 members of the incoming battalion arrive on Jan. 9 to begin preparations for delivery of contingent-owned equipment.

  4. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiya:

    Acting on a tip-off, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested them from an apartment.

  5. The Army:

    As of Jan. 26, Army commanders have relieved a total of six regular Army leaders, including two battalion commanders, and issued 3,073 general officer written reprimands to Soldiers for refusing the vaccination order.

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