noun, plural es·ca·drilles [es-kuhdrilz, es-kuh-drilz; French es-kadree-yuh] /ˌɛs kəˈdrɪlz, ˈɛs kəˌdrɪlz; French ɛs kaˈdri yə/.

  1. a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes: the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I.
  2. Obsolete. a small naval squadron.


  1. a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
  2. a small squadron of ships

from French escadrille, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra “square, squad, squadron,” from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare, from Latin quadrare “to square” (see quadrant).

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