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Princeton's WordNet

  1. platoon(noun)

    a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant

  2. platoon(noun)

    a team of policemen working under the military platoon system

  3. platoon(noun)

    a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity

    "platoons of tourists poured out of the busses"; "the defensive platoon of the football team"


  1. platoon(Noun)

    A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.

    Etymology: From obsolete plauton, variant of peloton, from pelote + -on. Compare pellet.

  2. platoon(Verb)

    To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher

    Taylor has been hitting poorly against left-handers, and Morgan has been hitting poorly against right-handers, so they will platoon.

    Etymology: From obsolete plauton, variant of peloton, from pelote + -on. Compare pellet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Platoon(noun)

    formerly, a body of men who fired together; also, a small square body of soldiers to strengthen the angles of a hollow square

    Etymology: [F. peloton a ball of thread, a knot or group of men, a platoon, from pelote a ball formed of things wound round. See Pellet.]

  2. Platoon(noun)

    now, in the United States service, half of a company

    Etymology: [F. peloton a ball of thread, a knot or group of men, a platoon, from pelote a ball formed of things wound round. See Pellet.]


  1. Platoon

    A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing 26 to 50 soldiers. Platoons are organized into a company, which typically consists of three, four or five platoons. A platoon is typically the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer—the platoon leader or platoon commander, usually a lieutenant. He is usually assisted by a senior non-commissioned officer—the platoon sergeant. In some armies, platoon is used throughout the branches of the army. In others, such as the British Army, most platoons are infantry platoons, while some carry other designations such as tank, mortar, or heavy weapons platoons. In a few armies, such as the French Army, a platoon is specifically a cavalry unit, and the infantry use "section" as the equivalent unit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Platoon

    pla-tōōn′, n. a number of recruits assembled for exercise—originally a small body of soldiers in a hollow square, to strengthen the angles of a longer formation: a subdivision of a company. [Fr. peloton, a ball, a knot of men—pelote—L. pĭla, a ball.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. platoon

    Originally a small square body or subdivision of musketeers; hence, platoon exercise, that which relates to the loading and firing of muskets in the ranks; and platoon firing, i.e. by subdivisions.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. platoon

    Probably from the French peloton, a “ball of thread,” a “knot,” was a term formerly used in the English service to designate a body of men who fired together. In U. S. tactics, it is now a recognized subdivision of a company, being one-half.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of platoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of platoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of platoon in a Sentence

  1. Seth MoultonMoulton:

    The greatest honor of my life was to lead these men in my platoon, even though it was a war that I and they disagreed with.

  2. Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky:

    There is a talk of a platoon, roughly 100 people, who would take part in the alliance's contingent, if the preparation of the (NATO) brigade goes according to plan, and I believe it will, then it is very likely in the second half (of this year).

  3. President Barack Obama:

    He deployed to Afghanistan twice. First as a platoon leader, and a couple of years later when he was hand-picked to head up a security detail.

  4. Randy Tobler:

    It makes me cry -- so many people have banded together, it's like an Army platoon charging up the hill.

  5. Laura Yeager:

    Definitely being in command are the assignments and memories I most cherish, all the way from being a platoon leader to brigade command, i was especially proud to have commanded the same brigade, the 40th CAB, my father once commanded.

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