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Definition of battalion:

  1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array.
  2. A regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle.
  3. An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self- supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed.
  4. To form into battalions.

Synonyms:

inner circle, face pack, relative majority, plurality, hoi polloi, concourse, throng, people, large number, multitude, pack, corps, ingroup, masses, mass, camp, the great unwashed.

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