A platoon is a military unit made up of squads. If you’re in a war zone, you might see a platoon of soldiers guarding a checkpoint.

Military branches such as the army, navy, air force, or marines are broken down into smaller groups. One is a platoon, which is part of a company and made up of squads. A platoon usually has its own headquarters and is under the command of a lieutenant. In a war, platoons will be stationed in places according to strategy — the platoon might be attacking or defending. Platoon (1986) is also the name of a war movie about Vietnam.

Definitions of platoon
  1. 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
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    army unit
    a military unit that is part of an army
  2. noun
    a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
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    police squad, squad
    a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
  3. noun
    a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
    “the defensive platoon of the football team”
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    social group
    people sharing some social relation
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